Young girl with autism turned away from seeing Santa – Mall later apologises

California – A shopping mall in Southern California has apologized to a young girl with autism and her family after she was refused access to see Santa because he was allegedly afraid of the little girl’s service dog. Abcde Santos had been waiting in line at Mission Viejo with Pup-Cake, her service dog for half […]

Man with autism refused taxi home as mistaken for being drunk

Coventry, UK – Trevor Bott, who has autism, had been to the Rainbows nightclub and was needing a taxi ride home. He has now told of how  the taxi driver refused to take him  home as the  taxi driver believed that he was drunk. Mr Bott told that a security guard working at the nightclub […]

Charity event in China helps raise awareness and funding for autism services

Xiamen, China – A charity event held to raise awareness of autism in China took place at the Tianzhu Mountain National Park last Saturday. The event, which was a collaborative effort by the China Women’s Development Foundation and Xiamen 1N1, featured a range of activities including baking, cooking, peanut harvesting and an egg hunt. The […]

Australia – New survey shows autism community unhappy with current research

Australia – A new study conducted by Dr. Liz Pellicano, former University of Western Australia psychology graduate, and current director of the University of London’s Centre for Research in Autism and Education, showed that the autism community is unhappy with recent research. 18% of researches from 2007-2011 have focused on the biochemical causes of autism […]

Toronto news outlet helps families with autism via Santa Boxes

Toronto, Canada – News outlet The Toronto Star is giving out Santa Boxes to help families with autism in need of holiday fun and cheer. The project, dubbed the Santa Clause Fund, is run by The Star’s own Autism Project and hopes to give the boxes out in December. Debbie Drewett, who has been the […]

Ghana government asked to fund autism research

Cape Coast, Ghana — Speaking at the “Cape Coast Autism Training Workshop: Awareness and Applied Behavioural Analysis” recently held at the University of Cape Coast School of Medical Science (UCCMS), Dr. Ebenezer Badoe called for the Ghanan government to fund the research on the causes of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) among children in the country. […]

Denmark – Increase in autism cases linked to changes in diagnostic criteria and reporting methods

Aarhus, Denmark — Researchers found that the drastic increase in autism cases in Denmark may have been due to the changes in the diagnostic criteria as well as the reporting methods used to record the number of cases. A group of researchers, mainly from Aarhus University in Denmark, analyzed data they gathered from a population-based […]

India – Government employees with children on autism spectrum exempt from transfers

New Delhi, India — The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) in India has recently issued an order that exempts government personnel with children on the autism spectrum from routine transfers mandated by the Indian government. The order was released following requests by its employees who care for children with autism to exempt them from […]

Federal changes could harm residents with autism

Whitehouse, OH – Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced changes to it’s Home and Community-Based Services program in January that could hinder people with autism. The program gives waivers to people with disabilities on Medicaid so they can live at home or in a community rather then be institutionalized. But the new changes […]

Study shows computer messaging helps adults with autism communicate better

Leiden, Netherlands — A study conducted by Aske Plaat of the Leiden University in the Netherlands found that adults with autism communicate better through computer-aided messaging such as text messages, e-mails, instant messaging, and others. According to the study, adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) prefer conversations being done over computer-aided messaging because they are […]