News In Brief

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These are short news articles that report quickly on breaking events or snapshots of news for quick coverage. They are not as in-depth but a synopsis.

Cleopatra the Goat helps Autistic Children at School

Hemet High School, California – a 9 month old goat named Cleopatra helps autistic children. The special education class has 8 students, all of whom are on the autistic spectrum. The students feed, walk and tend to Cleopatra each day at school. The children learn from this about responsibility. Tony Dixon who teaches the class […]

Autism organisation closes after funds “go missing”

Victoria, Texas– Autism Network Connection of Victoria, Texas has not re-opened its doors in 2014. The organisation is in the middle of getting its Not For Profit Status, but has not opened its doors since January 1st 2014 because several thousand dollars have gone missing from funds raised last year. Founder Rosemary Pena Watts, who started the […]

Rapist with Asperger’s jailed despite probation service’s comments

Wednesbury, Stoke on Trent, UK – A 24 year old man with Asperger’s syndrome who was charged with rape in December has been sent to jail despite the probation services recommendation to the judge that he required specialist rehabilitation. He was jailed for four years on January 3, after being charged for the felony in […]

Encountering People with Autism DVD Launched in Pittsburgh

Allegheny County, Pittsburgh – District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr has commissioned the production of a DVD called “Encountering People with Autism“. The DVD is for police and other first responders who may come into contact with the public who have an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. The project was encouraged by Scott Bailey, a full-time Allegheny […]

Virginia high school volleyball team raise money for Autism Speaks

Tuscarora High School, Leesburg, Virginia – The High School’s volleyball team are to raise money for Autism Speaks. The event will be held on Wednesday Jan 8 and will feature a contest between the teams’ seniors, coaches and alumni. Many of the team and teachers have links to autism. Head Coach Meghan Puckli is an […]

Obsessive gambler with aspergers declares bankruptcy with £60,000 debts

Walsall, Birmingham UK – A man diagnosed with Asperger’s sundrome has been forced to declare bankruptcy after racking up over £60,000 in debt with his out of control gambling addiction. Tim Eldridge, 29 from Walsall, Birmingham, UK filled in forms to over 150 bookmakers in the area with his photograph in a bid to stop […]

Charity Autism Wessex Urge Local Community to Donate Unwanted Christmas Gifts

Dorset, UK – Autism Wessex is a charity that provides services for autistic individuals as well as those who have other developmental disorders and learning disabilities. They are urging people to donate unwanted Christmas gifts so that they can be used as raffle prizes to help raise funds for the charity. It is reported in […]

Milwaukee autism therapist charged with abuse

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – A therapist trained to work specifically with autistic children is facing charges of abuse after being caught on camera assaulting one of patients. Three year old Caeden Lowe’s parents set up a secret filming in their home, to watch therapist Stephen Jacobs, 27, after Caeden’s behaviour changed dramatically. The footage taken of Mr […]

Vile arsonist destroy autistic boy’s Christmas dream

Manchester, UK- Cowardly arsonists have destroyed an autistic boy’s dream Christmas present of a sensory play house in the garden, by maliciously setting fire to it. Seven year old Harvey Ratcliffe is severely autistic, and parents Fiona and Wesley had saved for months to convert the garden shed into a sensory room for their son, full of expensive light […]

Autism and Online Dating

Hussein Al-Nasrawi 22, Bay Area, Boston – is Autistic and looking for love and decided to join the world of online dating. Rula Al-Nasrawi writes in The Atlantic about her brother’s experience of online dating. Rula Al-Nasrawi explains that for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), online dating is: “an alternative to picking up people […]