National Autistic Society

UK's First National 'Quiet Hour' For People With Autism To Take Place In Shopping Centres

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

The UK’s first nationwide ‘quiet hour’ for people with autism will take place in shops from 2 October. The National Autistic Society’s Autism ...

'The Undateables' Star Tom Morgan Makes His Modelling Debut

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Style

Tom Morgan first found fame on ‘The Undateables’, which saw him going on an unsuccessful date due to his lack of self-confidence. But since his ap...

Autism Charity 'Deeply Concerned' That Link Between Vaccines And Autism Has Resurfaced

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Parents

The National Autistic Society has said it is “deeply concerning” that discredited claims about a link between vaccination and autism have resurfac...

Society Is Letting Autistic People Down

Norman Lamb | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

Transitions to adulthood are a vital area where much more needs to be done. There is very little information on whether children find it easier to work in certain professions (for example ones where routine and structure is required). Only by learning more about how autistic children do later in life can we make sure that their education is sufficiently tailored to maximise the chances of them entering the workplace successfully. Only a combination of more resources, more dedication, more support and more understanding will help ensure that every autistic child lives a life worth living.

A Review of BBC1's 'The A Word' From a Father's Perspective

Matt Davis | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Matt Davis

My son at five (he's now eight) had echoes of all these traits, and seeing them clustered together strikes a sad chord pitch perfectly. Though as the story progresses, it's clear the boys are a million miles apart, which is a boon for autism awareness; people with autism differ wildly from each other, but the spectrum encompasses some spottable similarities.

Why it's Important to Share Best Autism Practice

Carol Povey | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK Parents
Carol Povey

In so many of the conversations I have with families and individuals, I am struck by what an enormous impact a skilled, enlightened, knowledgeable professional can have. They can be the difference between a life of isolation and one that surpasses all expectations.

My Message to George - Protect Disabled People from Benefit Cuts

Mark Lever | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Lever

David Cameron has spoken of his belief in a 'compassionate nation' - one that protects the most vulnerable. If his Government is serious about this, they need to make sure that they protect all disability benefits and housing benefit for younger disabled people. Only then will people on the autism spectrum receive the support they need to live independent and fulfilling lives.

We Were Warriors Once, and Young...

James Christie | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

Pretentious delusion, you might think, but when you're an Asperger, getting through the day can be like traversing a really scary skating rink while partially blindfolded. Though I've crossed the world, travelling still feels a bit like being hit over the head by a blunt instrument.

Is There or Is There Not an Actual Job?

James Christie | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

Word reaches me that yet another young Asperger has been sent along that false but winding yellow brick road towards a sunlit city on a hill proclaiming the golden words: EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY!

Kevin Healey's Anti Bullying Autism Awareness Documentary Launched on YouTube

Jo Worgan | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

The documentary itself is a short film which is hard hitting, powerful and emotional. It features celebrities who talk about their own personal experiences of bullying and hate crime as well as the views of Leo Andrade-Martinez who is mother to a grown up son on the autistic spectrum.

Do We Really Need to Find a 'Cure' for Autism?

Jo Worgan | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

I look at ways in which to enable and help my son Tom, live his life to the best of his ability with the use of early interventions, sensory play activities and the use of visual timetables. I find the word 'cure' and the connotations of this that a person on the autistic spectrum can be made 'all better' and therefore fixed very unsettling.

We Shouldn't View Sherlock as an Autistic Savant

Mat Greenfield | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mat Greenfield

The fictional consulting detective can never be conclusively diagnosed but an increasing number of people seem to take it as read that he's autistic, even those who should know better.

Lawrence of Asperabia

James Christie | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
James Christie

The day I was diagnosed, my psychologist (a highly-experienced man who'd dealt with hundreds of Aspergers) told me unequivocally that he'd once seen Lawrence of Arabia and that T. E. Lawrence (as written by Robert Bolt and played by O'Toole) had displayed unmistakable symptoms of Aspergers.

The Singer and the Syndrome

James Christie | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Christie

Ms. Boyle and myself (Susan is 52, I am 49) were already in our twenties and struggling to make sense of an often uncaring and, yes, bullying world with no idea we had the syndrome, no knowledge that there were relevant charities to turn to and nothing else to do but struggle along.

World Autism Awareness Day: Is Autism on the Rise?

Hannah Gal | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Gal

The latest figures from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) point to one in 88 children in the U.S having an Autism spectrum disorder, marking a clear increase from 2006 when the rate was one in 110. Is this condition spreading or are we simply getting better at diagnosing it? 

Dog Dons School Uniform To Help Asperger's Teenager Back To Class

Ross Parry | Sara C Nelson | Posted 08.06.2012 | UK Tech

Source: Ross Parry A teenager suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome has overcome his agoraphobia thanks to his dog, who even dresses up in his scho...

Journalism: Ruthless Verses Nice

Helen Drew | Posted 14.09.2011 | UK
Helen Drew

At the end of this saga, many journalists will be left standing, still with lovely jobs at glossy magazines, international news channels or at least, a regional political programme. But what sort of journalists will be left?