If we are all to start improving things, it's not going to take any fundamental changes in laws but simple, practical steps in our own lives that will make a HUGE difference. What can these be?
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.
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.
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...
Kathy Lette and many other commentators, websites and Facebook pages seem mainly to be concentrating upon autistic children and young people.
A Liverpol couple are demanding to know the truth after their autistic son died choked to death on a sweet while an ambulance
A gluten and casein-free diet may lead to improvements in behaviour and physiological symptoms in children with autism spectrum