I Support Leo Andrade-Martinez, a Mother Fighting to Bring Her Severely Autistic Son Home

Jo Worgan | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

Leo Andrade-Martinez is a mother of 3 from Islington, London and 16 months ago her world was turned upside down when her son, Stephen 19 who has severe autism was placed into a psychiatric unit at St Andrew's Hospital, Northampton, which is 80 miles from their Islington home.

The Ragged Road to Adult Autism Research

James Christie | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

I'm one of the relatively lucky ones - I'm articulate, I managed to work for about twenty-six years and became a successful published author; but the hard and terrible lesson I learnt along the way is that there is a crude and xenophobic core of creatures in our society who care nothing for others and turn on anyone perceived to be different.

Sister to Autism

Alice Jones | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Jones

I feel love on a fierce level, I feel protective, but without means with which to practice it. I feel anger when the stories of social dysfunction at school or gatherings reach me. I feel angry when children don't have the patience for him and I worry about his outcast status. I feel guilt as strongly. I feel it when I command attention over him, I feel it when my patience runs thin...

My Thoughts on 'How Was Your Day Joe?' on BBC Radio 3

Jo Worgan | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jo Worgan

When scrolling through my twitter feed yesterday evening I came across a tweet by the lovely Mike from Talk About Autism, he was sharing the BBC Radio 3 program, "How Was your Day Joe?" that was available to listen to again via the BBC website.

My Thoughts on Dads of Disability™ by Gary Dietz

Jo Worgan | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

The stories told within the book illustrate beautifully, I feel a father's perception of and reaction to experiences in life when caring for a child with special or additional needs. Many of the real life stories take us from the birth of the child up to adulthood, sharing many happy and painful experiences along the way.

Hello My Name Is Simon, and I am Autistic

Simon Mack | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Mack

The statement in the title is not only an admission of recent diagnosis, as a 42 year old man there is so much comprehension to do about the past and why life was as it became.

Autistic Scientists Might One Day Prove to Be the World's Saviours

Michael Barton | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Michael Barton

What do Newton, Einstein and Turing have in common? Yes, they are famous scientists, but all are also thought to have exhibited traits of autism...

"They Don't Know Any Better..."

James Christie | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK
James Christie

A word of thanks to Frederick Forsyth, novelist and columnist occasionally derided for being a bit too right wing. It is courtesy of him and his colum...

Documentary Photographer Rosie Barnes Talks About Her New Book, 'Understanding Stanley - Looking Through Autism'

Jo Worgan | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

This is a photobook, made over a period of 14 years, about her eldest son Stanley, now aged 17, who is autistic. Stanley was diagnosed in July 2000. As yet the book is not published, as Rosie needs funding in order to do so.

'Autism Sufferer' and Media Perceptions

Jo Worgan | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

I very much dislike the word "suffer" and its association to individuals on the spectrum. This conjures up images of bleakness and more importantly I feel creates a link to the medical model, making autism appear as a disease which it is not. Autism is a neurological and developmental 'disorder' in which it is all persuasive. Therefore, yes it is disabling, but it is not a disease.

Talent, How Not to Train or Keep It...

James Christie | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

At the time, I was an undiagnosed Asperger and these were unqualified teachers, acting more like like sadistic old dominies from Victorian Scotland. They most certainly did not have one clue how to run a course.

Turning the Garden Shed Into a TARDIS

James Christie | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

I was pretty pleased to finish my shed, manage the house and even work the washing machine efficiently while Mum had a brief stay in hospital. It may seem a bit soulless, but at least she had a clean, tidy, neat and ordered home to return to when the time came. Aspergers has its advantages.

Autism Awareness Day: Caring for My Brother

John Sargeant | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
John Sargeant

I knew once mother hit retirement age I would become a family carer. So I lived my life - went to university, socialised and partied hard, travelled the world and met interesting people. Whether in local politics, national conventions or international conferences I have made my voice heard whether people wanted to hear or not.

How to Help Autistic Kids With English

Melanie Kendry | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Melanie Kendry

As a private tutor, I often work with autistic spectrum children in English. Many of them 'don't get' English. They might struggle to understand what they're supposed to do for homework and can become so frustrated they give up. Though they may not be dyslexic, they might not read...

What Parents of Autistic Children Will Never Tell You

Jo Worgan | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

One huge fact that we will never reveal is that we are lonely. We are often on the outside looking in, looking in at both society and our own child, unable in a way to reach both. We are isolated from society due to our caring role, lack of financial support and understanding. We are isolated from our child as we are never truly allowed 'inside'.

O'Leary Mocks Branson's 'Autism'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary has mockingly suggested that Sir Richard Branson has "has some kind of autism" because he "can't make eye cont...

Let Them Not Fall Through Life's Sieve, Those Who Cannot Bob Or Weave

James Christie | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
James Christie

I survived my assault, and even managed to send my attacker home with bells ringing in his head. Andrew Young, who had a mental age of fourteen, no ground-in defensive skills, and probably lacked street smarts, was not so fortunate.

The Use of Social Media in Celebrating an Autistic Child's Birthday

Jo Worgan | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

I know Tom is not yet 6 but he has only ever been invited to one birthday party and we have never held one for him. This may change as he gets older and I always feel guilty about this although it is irrational. We do celebrate in other ways though, last year we went to his favourite farm. I am not sure where we will go this year, maybe the farm again.


James Christie | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
James Christie

It is a terrible thing to lose one's faith in one's country, and if I'd not been asked the independence question I might well have kept quiet about it, but I don't want to be queried in future days about what I did during the debate and have to reply, "well, I didn't want trouble so I just kept my head down."

Happy Birthday Colin! 1.6m Facebook Likes For Autistic Boy, 10, Who Told His Mum He Had 'No Friends' For A Party

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK

More than one million Facebookers have sent birthday wishes to a little boy who told his mother he had no friends to invite to a party. Colin – ...

Why I Support Ambitious About Autism's 'Ruled Out' Campaign

Jo Worgan | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

Things have to change. Autism now accounts for one child in every 88; these children cannot be forgotten or be made to fit into an antiquated system. The entire education system needs to change to meet these growing needs.

Leading Autism Diagnosis Survey Says NHS Still Not Doing Enough to Shorten Autism Diagnosis Times

Jo Worgan | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

Wednesday Feb 5, Anna Kennedy OBE and Austin Hughes Senior Officer from Anna Kennedy Online, met with Dept. of Health officials to discuss the findings of their recent Autism Diagnosis Survey in the UK results.

The Joys of Poo When Raising an Autistic Child

Jo Worgan | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

Well I really do not like talking about poo, it's not one of my most favourite subjects really but it certainly needs to be discussed. The problems of pooing on the toilet are I know, not only unique to my son who is aged 5 .

Life - The Art of 'Making It Up'

Phil Evans | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Phil Evans

In my experience, care homes can be joyous, vibrant places. And re-injecting spontaneity back into the home can rapidly have a positive effect on the wellbeing of both individuals and the whole community.

A Large-Scale Research Project Into Early Signs of Autism and ADHD Is Long Overdue

Dr Emily Jones | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Emily Jones

On Thursday 23 January, my team at the Babylab at Birkbeck, University of London, together with similar teams from across Europe, is launching a new study of infants with older siblings with autism or ADHD. For infants with an older sibling with autism or ADHD, the chances of also having one of the conditions may climb to 20%.