Roberta Hill

About Roberta Hill

Roberta Hill is an Expat who likes to write about her challenges running a virtual business and raising a family abroad. She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Western Ontario and a Diploma in Early Childhood Education from McGill University.

Roberta has been self employed for the past 25 years. Her oldest step son is on the autism spectrum.

Autism and the power of music

Many on the autism spectrum find music and painting a way to be able to express and communicate. But not everyone on the autistic spectrum are budding artists.  There are lots of ASD people out there who just want to enjoy listening to music.  This is true even though they may experience auditory processing disorder […]

Media must be vigilant when using the term “autistic” to describe someone

On November 23 of last year, an article entitled “Autistic man convicted of murdering WA mum” was published on the news.com.au website. The article has been a topic of debates since. The article thoroughly discussed the conviction of an “autistic Perth man” for the murder of his mother. His mother’s body is still missing. The […]

Do the “ASD” characters on television adequately reflect the reality of autism?

In North America the new season of television series has begun and autism awareness is bound to increase. Jenny McCarthy, a strong public figure who believes that vaccination causes autism, debuted on The View this past Monday. Autism Daily Newscast first reported on the controversy of her appointment as talk show host last July and the […]

Desperate Measures – When a mother can no longer care for her autistic child

Parents of Philippe Telford, a nineteen year old man with severe autism, reached this point last April.  Amanda Telford told CTVnews Ottawa, Canada that she and her husband no longer had the resources physically, mentally, emotionally or financially to provide the care to secure the safety of their son. That week, Philippe had wandered off from […]

Pioneering centre serving the adult autistic community in Cambridge opens

The doors of a new pioneering centre,  named after the late wife of  Nirma Sethia, located in Cambridge, UK  opened it doors.  At a cost of £1.5m ,the Chitra Sethia Autism Centre has been made possible thanks to the Autism Research Trust (ART) and the National Autistic Society (NAS) who received a grant from the N Sethia Foundation to […]

Autism and Abuse on the Rise

Charges are pending against the mother of a 30 year old autistic man after discovering that he had been held locked up and left for long periods of time in the mobile home in the state of Florida. Police say they became a were of the situation when they received an anonymous call that described the conditions as “dungeon-like”. […]

Autistic kids and Cameras: A good combination

Two weeks ago, Autism Daily News began our report on two programs that help autism children communicate using photography.  We followed this up with a closer looked at five affordable cameras that have received good reviews. We wanted to re-evaluate them for use by those on the Autism Spectrum. Our results can be found here. […]

The Fear of a lost child: Wandering, Drowning, and Autism a growing concern

Drowning as a consequence of wandering has long been a challenge to families whose kids are diagnosed with autism. Back in 2009 to 2011, statistics show that 91 percent of autistic children aged 14 and below who wandered have consequently drowned. The fear brought about by this problem was further heightened when the body of […]

Campaign Successful: Apology made to Autism Community for “Jodeci Freestyle” Lyrics

  J.Cole who hadn’t tweeted in two weeks added this to his tweets last evening: I said something in a rap that was offensive to those with Autism. Feel terrible. A tweeted apology wouldn’t do. dreamvillain.net/autismspeaks/  — J. Cole (@JColeNC) July 21, 2013 Response from his Twitter followers and others have been favourable. The full letter […]

New Technology Analyzes Babies’ Cries – Could Detect Autism

An innovative team of researchers from Brown University and the Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island has invented a computer-based tool to analyze the cries of babies. This team from the United States hopes their creation will provide a new way to identify heath problems in infants, such as neurological problems, developmental disorders, and […]