Jo Worgan

About Jo Worgan

Jo Worgan is a published author, writer and blogger. She has a degree in English Literature. She writes about life with her youngest son who is on the autistic spectrum. Jo tweets (@mummyworgan) and is also a freelance columnist for the Lancaster Guardian. ‘My Life with Tom, Living With Autism‘ is her second book and a culmination of her blog posts, and available on Kindle now, along with her first book, Life on the Spectrum. The Preschool years.

Opinion – Should every child with autism be screened?

This week I read a really interesting article in the New York Times by Aaron E. Carroll who is a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. The article asked the question; ‘should every child should be screened for autism?‘ It did so by asking the following questions: 1 Is the condition prevalent […]

To be kind should be the norm not inspirational

A few weeks back a story went viral that was about a young McDonald’s employee in America, who helped an elderly and disabled customer with his meal. He cut his food up for him and helped to feed him. A photo was plastered all over the Internet. This story was BIG news, with many saying […]

Interview with wildlife photographer Reuben Brewer

Berkshire, UK – A few weeks back we ran a story about a young man with autism ‘Teen with Asperger’s creates amazing photorealistic drawings’. It was while reading this article that one of our readers, Rosalind Brewer, contacted us to tell us about her son’s stunning wildlife photography. Reuben, 24, was diagnosed with autism at the […]

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Book Review – When Autism Comes to Roost by Alicia Hendley

When Autism Comes to Roost: A Family’s Journey From Denial to Acceptance, is an honest, raw and poignant memoir told from a mother’s perspective about her journey with her young son through the autism diagnosis process. The publisher’s website states: ‘It was a typical middle class family with two professional parents and four kids when the parents […]

ASTEP- Asperger Syndrome Training & Employment Partnership provide services for the autism community

New York — ASTEP — We recently shared a press release about the services that ASTEP (Asperger Syndrome Training & Employment Partnership) provides for the autism community. Founded in 2010, the organization has helped many companies in the hiring of individuals with autism. The information on the ASTEP website states: ‘ASTEP aims to help employers […]

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Gluten free diets do not benefit children with autism? – oh yes they do!

I feel another rant coming on so I apologize in advance, but this is something that I feel very strongly about. Once again I feel that the knowledge and skills of parents is being squashed and undermined by ‘autism professionals’. Right or wrong, this is how I feel. This is in relation to the Wall […]

Autism community reaction to Liz Feld stepping down from her post as President of Autism Speaks

Monday it was announced that Liz Feld, President of Autism Speaks is to step down from her role. Interestingly enough, no official press release has been issued by Autism Speaks, but Disability Scoop ran the story which can be read here. Nor has Feld made any comments on Twitter. In a statement Liz Feld told that she […]

Controversy surrounding services provided by Service Dogs Europe

Dundalk Ireland – Service Dogs Europe (SDE) provide Service Dogs for children and adults with a wide range of disabilities and additional needs. One such service is that of an Autism Assistance Dog. The information stated on their website about this service reads as follows: ‘Service Dogs Europe, Autism Service Dog Program focuses on improving […]

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Short Film Documentary – WIZARD MODE

Canada – WIZARD MODE is an exciting short documentary film that shares with the world the story of Robert Gagno, a young man with autism who is ranked as the fourth best pinball player in the world. Released earlier this year, SALAZAR, the producers of the film, hope that WIZARD MODE will soon become a full length […]

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Editorial – The labeling of a young boy as a ‘public nuisance’.

California – I am sure that you have all read recently about the young boy with autism, who has been labelled as a ‘public nuisance’. He and his family have had a lawsuit filed against them by their previous neighbors. It seems to be a long and complicated story that I really don’t want to […]