Autism

The Simple Request That Meant This Boy With Autism Could Go To A Birthday Party

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Parents

Tricia Rhynold had always felt the need to turn down birthday party invitations sent to her son, who has severe autism spectrum disorder, - until she ...

Life on the Spectrum - a Parent's Perspective

Kate Shippey | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Parents
Kate Shippey

We learnt that our lives had changed. We learnt that we had to assess our every move when he was with us. We found out about places that he couldn't tolerate. We learnt that the lights buzzed to loud in one restaurant, that the tables were too close together in another.

Man With Asperger's Describes What 'Sensory Overload' Is Like

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

"I’m inhumanly good at self intelligence tests," says Louis Morel. "But every time I leave the house or see a new human being I get overloaded wi...

Kennedy, Far From Camelot

James Christie | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics
James Christie

I met Charles Kennedy once. I also met Benito Mussolini. One of these statements is true. The other one is a bit of an exaggeration, but not as much ...

Father Finds 'Upsetting' Photos Of Daughter With Autism At School

SWNs/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Bevan/Amy Packham | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Parents

A father has expressed his anger after finding "upsetting" photos of his daughter with autism in a file at her former school. Alan Evans, 51, asked...

Parents Should 'Not Worry' About Study Into Autism 'Risk Factors', Says Charity

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Parents

A large study on parental age and autism revealed teenage mothers and older parents are most likely to have children with autism. Couples with lar...

Cyberbullying in the 21st Century

Kevin Healey | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Tech
Kevin Healey

I've been on social media now for about 15 years. I first went on MySpace, then Facebook and joined Twitter when it was launched. I use social media...

D-Day the Sixth of... Sturgeon?

James Christie | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
James Christie

Regarding Nicola Sturgeon's recent appearance on Panorama, what I find most interesting is one small detail - namely that her views on Trident haven't...

Death Eaters of W1A

James Christie | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
James Christie

I'd have written this blog sooner, but I have a learning disability. In my case this means I can't learn as fast or work as quickly as other people. My brain also tires more easily and like an old battery, can go flat.

Why I'm Stepping Into the Wrestling Ring for the Final Time

Richard Batt | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Sport
Richard Batt

As you can imagine, the chances of someone with co-ordination problems like mine carrying out a Split-Legged Moonsault or a Van Daminator with the same kind of grace as Rob Van Dam is about as likely as England winning the next European Championships.

This Barber Helped A Boy With Autism Learn To Love Haircuts

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Parents

A hairdresser has gone the extra mile - literally - to make visiting the barbers a less traumatic experience for an eight-year-old boy with autism. ...

My Thoughts on Katie Hopkins 'Mocking' Tweets

Kevin Healey | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Kevin Healey

I can't stamp out all the negative comments that people say on twitter or social media about disabilities, but maybe I can educate others on its dehumanising effect, and in doing so help parents understand that there is a world of support out there. Imagine Katie spending a day or a week with me, seeing what my world looks like. That would be a show on Autism worth watching.

I Hate What Katie Did So Here's a Quid...

Jill Finch | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Jill Finch

I'm a parent of a daughter on the autistic spectrum and I've been through the agonies of being stared at, feeling completely alone, being called a bad parent and the terrible guilty relief of a diagnosis...

Autistic Girl Removed From Flight For Making Pilot Feel 'Uncomfortable'

Steven Hopkins | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK

A Oregon family are filing a discrimination lawsuit after being kicked off a United Airlines plane because the pilot refused to fly with their autisti...

Ms Hopkins... Please Stop!

Jo Worgan | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jo Worgan

I do not have the likes of Ms Hopkins social presence and media privilege in which to air my views, but as a mother of a child with autism, what I do have is a voice and the right, as does anyone else, to say how her views impact upon those with a disability. Her words impact upon me, my family and wider society.

Stephen Hawking's Daughter To Katie Hopkins: Stop Bullying Disabled People

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK

The daughter of physicist Stephen Hawking has written an open letter to Katie Hopkins urging her to stop making life harder for disabled people. V...

St George and the Scots Rugby Shirt

James Christie | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Politics
James Christie

Picture the scene: Portsmouth's Spinnaker and the Keppel's Head Hotel across the harbour from Gosport and its ferry. Five fine and happy Englishmen wi...

Pet Dog Helps Teen With Autism Kiss His Mum For The First Time

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Parents

A 14-year-old boy who loathes physical contact has hugged and kissed his mum for the first time, thanks to a shelter dog. Joey, from Los Angeles, w...

They Saved Einstein's Brain!

James Christie | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

More precisely, they lost it. It finally turned up in Wichita, Kansas, in the hands of the secretive pathologist who'd originally sawn it out of Albert Einstein's skull and still sought to find the secret of his genius within its cerebral structure.

#friendswithMorgan We Didn't Even Know Them Last Week and Now They're Changing His Life

Suzanne Burnett | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK Parents
Suzanne Burnett

How do you even begin to write a blog about something when it's taken you by such surprise that you really aren't sure what is happening? I guess ...

Dru, Davidson and Destiny

James Christie | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK Politics
James Christie

The most surreal moment of the General Election so far might be my telling Ruth Davidson about Drusilla and Buffy the Vampire Slayer in Biggar High Street the other day.

Why Blue Nail Varnish Is More Than A Fashion Statement This April

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Parents

Painting your nails blue this April is more than just a fashion statement - it is a way to show your support for people with autism. Dad Brian Bate...

11-Year-Old Boy With Autism Draws Perfect World Map From Memory

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

An 11-year-old New York youngster is going viral on Reddit after he was snapped drawing an incredibly intricate world map on a whiteboard - complete w...

People Tell Me What I'm Doing Is Amazing, but Just Taking the Time to Get in Touch. That's Amazing.

Suzanne Burnett | Posted 07.06.2015 | UK Parents
Suzanne Burnett

Although coping with an invisible illness isn't just about how you feel. Yes I am in pain every second of every day but I can manage my pain. I also get horrific migraines and all kind kinds symptoms pop up that I don't expect. What makes life difficult is attitude, not mine.

Batman, not Birdman, meets the RSPB!

James Christie | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
James Christie

You wouldn't think Batman would have much to do with The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), but knowing that Michael Keaton recently st...