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Autism and Asperger Syndrome

National autism charity launches Employ Autism campaign

Ambitious about Autism, the national charity for children and young people with autism, has launched its Employ Autism campaign at its national employability event. Latest figures show that only 15 per cent of people with autism are in full-time paid employment. Many young people with autism have the ability and desire to work, but do not have the opportunities and ... Read More »

Dad Honours Son in Charity Single

A doting dad has released a song for charity in honour of his three-year-old son Brooklyn, whose autism means he can sing but can’t speak. The single is entitled ‘Mr B’, refering to the affectionate nickname Ryan O’Connor has for his son who is learning to communicate through singing. The song is written and performed by this loving dad. The song ... Read More »

Sesame Street introduce first character on the Autism spectrum

 The newest Sesame Street character, Julia, is a little girl who also has autism. The Sesame Workshop says she is being introduced as part of a campaign to take the stigma away from the disorder. They also hope Julia will help those who are dealing with autism. The workshop says she’ll be portrayed as a girl who “does things a ... Read More »

Special Olympics World Champion from Kingston celebrated

Councillor Roy Arora, Mayor of Kingston, and Mayoress Manisha Arora warmly welcomed Kingston resident Daniel Wolff at a special reception held to celebrate his gold and bronze medals for athletics at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles last month.  On celebrating Daniel’s achievements, Councillor Roy Arora said:  “We are very proud of Daniel. He’s not only represented the borough ... Read More »

Portable Sensory Room In A Box Launched

Immerse Me in collaboration with digital arts company seeper and Linkage Community Trust have launch the ImmersionBox, a portable sensory room in a box, at The Autism Show in London last week. Designed for eight to 25 year olds with learning disabilities, the ImmersionBox features a feast of technology including a multi-touch user interface, projector, speakers and motion capture cameras ... Read More »

Hillcrest: Providing Support for Adults with Learning Disabilities

Positive actions, positive outcomes. Hillcrest’s tag line truly underpins the wonderful work they do throughout the south of England by supporting and encouraging adults with learning disabilities. By providing a welcoming home for those with challenging behaviour, sensory impairment, specific health needs, learning difficulties or a physical disability, their fully trained team help to support residents whilst also encouraging independence. ... Read More »

Epic Dave from Moneysupermarket stands out for Autism

To mark World Autism Awareness Week, the UK’s leading autism charity, the National Autistic Society (NAS), announced today that it had become the Moneysupermarket group’s (MSM) charity partner. MSM’s ‘Dave’ helped launch the week with his trademark #EpicStrut.  More than one in one hundred people have autism in the UK, and the new partnership, which will last for two years, ... Read More »


To mark World Autism Awareness Day, intu Trafford Centre is partnering with Cheadle-based special needs charity, the Together Trust, to launch a pioneering scheme aimed at supporting individuals with autism at Manchester’s intu Trafford Centre. Individuals with autism, their families and the organisations that work with them are all invited to be a part of the launch of this new ... Read More »

Toys“R”Us celebrate World Autism Awareness Week with exclusive store browsing event.

Toys“R”Us® will hold an autism friendly exclusive ‘experience’ event for families affected by autism and additional needs this month supporting World Autism Awareness Week and offering families a calm environment with their child. The Toys“R”Us event, being held in the morning of Sunday 29th March, will be a browsing event for families allowing them to visit their local store offering ... Read More »

Autism ’caused by genetics’, study suggests

Autism is almost entirely genetic in origin, new research has suggested, with between 74 and 98 per cent of cases down to biological make-up. A study conducted by the Medical Research Council looked at 516 twins, and found that rates of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) were higher in identical twins who share the same DNA. This means that the condition ... Read More »

Eurovision Song Contest 2015: Finland choose punk band with learning disabilities for victory

Finnish punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat (PKN), whose members have intellectual disabilities, celebrate winning Yle’s Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (New Music Competition) and becoming the country’s Eurovision song contest representative, in Helsinki February 28, 2015     PKN have become bookies’ favourites to win the Eurovision Song Contest as they were picked by Finnish viewers to represent the country. The quartet ... Read More »

Charities aim to get learning-disabled children playing

Parents of disabled children say finding fun things for them to do is a full-time job. Could a new TripAdvisor-style site solve this? “We went as a family to a water park which has a warning hooter which goes off to let you know the wave machine is about to start,” says Alexa Wilson. It wouldn’t cause problems for most ... Read More »