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Jo Worgan

Columnist at Lancaster Guardian, writer and blogger

Jo Worgan is a Senior Writer and Current Events Reporter for the Online Autism Daily Newspaper, Autism Daily Newscast www.autismdailynewscast.com. She is also a freelance Columnist for the regional newspaperthe Lancaster Guardian. She has self published two books about her youngest son who has Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The Language of

The Language of Autism

Many parents have asked that I use the term 'with autism' rather than 'autistic', as they feel that they are 'labeling' their child. I do not see it in that way. No matter if you say 'autistic' or 'with autism', or even 'on the spectrum', ultimately they all mean the same thing, well they do to me anyway.
13/08/2015 13:56 BST
Ms Hopkins... Please

Ms Hopkins... Please Stop!

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.
01/05/2015 17:05 BST
The Euthanasia of Nancy Fitzmaurice -

The Euthanasia of Nancy Fitzmaurice - Opinion

As a mother to a young son on the autism spectrum I have found this opinion piece extremely difficult to write. However, I believe that we have to share the opinions that have been aired about the euthanasia of this little girl.
06/11/2014 10:49 GMT
Once Again I am Told 'Autism Is an Excuse for Naughty

Once Again I am Told 'Autism Is an Excuse for Naughty Children'

Well I first heard the words, 'autism is an excuse for naughty children' a year ago and I honestly thought that I would never hear them again, that this was just a one off ignorant comment made by an uneducated and 'nasty' person, but how wrong was I? I am surrounded by people who know and understand Tom, so it is always a shock to the system when comments are made like this.
01/10/2014 11:36 BST
The Lullaby Is Now in

The Lullaby Is Now in Space

Where on earth do I begin with this one? I really don't know, and I am not sure if what I will tell you will make any sense whatsoever, but I'll give it a try. It may make more sense to me if I write it all down.
01/09/2014 12:18 BST
Catherine Dyer Fights For Autistic Daughter to Return to

Catherine Dyer Fights For Autistic Daughter to Return to Swansea

This story touched me completely, as a mother of an autistic child. Why is this allowed to happen? Why are so many of our young people who are on the autistic spectrum placed under the Mental Health Act, sectioned and then put into psychiatric units were the individuals looking after them have very little training with regards to autism?
13/08/2014 14:10 BST
My Thoughts on 'How Was Your Day Joe?' on BBC Radio

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

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.
13/06/2014 11:59 BST
My Thoughts on Dads of Disability™ by Gary

My Thoughts on Dads of Disability™ by Gary Dietz

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.
11/06/2014 11:35 BST
'Autism Sufferer' and Media

'Autism Sufferer' and Media Perceptions

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.
15/05/2014 19:16 BST
What Parents of Autistic Children Will Never Tell

What Parents of Autistic Children Will Never Tell You

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'.
14/03/2014 17:12 GMT
How Can a Teacher Treat a Young Autistic Boy in This

How Can a Teacher Treat a Young Autistic Boy in This Way?

I happened to read a story, which has now gone viral about an 11 year old boy with autism, living in Michigan who while sat in his classroom got his head stuck in a chair. This in itself is most upsetting but what upset and made me feel both anger and disgust was the teacher's reaction to this incident.
28/02/2014 12:19 GMT
The Use of Social Media in Celebrating an Autistic Child's

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

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.
19/02/2014 14:36 GMT