Bring Chris Home campaign – young man with severe autism in hospital subjected to ‘institutional abuse’

Bring Chris Home – is a national campaign set up by Lynne McCarrick, the mother of Chris, a young man with severe autism and learning disabilities who has been placed into the care of Calderstones NHS Trust, miles away from his family home. He has been detained in the treatment and assessment unit for more […]

Press Release – Get Maisie Home Campaign – 13 year old girl with autism placed under Section 3 of Mental Health Act 60 miles from family home.

Maisie is a 13- year-old girl who has autism. She self harms and because of this she is currently under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act. She has been placed into hospital, 60 miles away from her family home. SANE, the national mental health charity, the National Autistic Society (NAS) and Hull and East […]

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Plastic Figurines – a play about siblings and autism – w/video

Plastic Figurines – is a new play by award winning playwright Ella Greenhill. Ella grew up with a younger brother who has autism. Talking to The Telegraph, the 31-year-old writer tells of how she felt when she learned that her brother was on the autistic spectrum nearly ten years ago. She explains that Jay seemed […]

Press Release – Autism Wessex launch the Autism Alert Card

Funded by Dorset Police, Autism Wessex is launching the autism alert card scheme in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole.  Alert cards will be issued free of charge to people aged 10 years and over who are on the Autism Spectrum, including those with Asperger syndrome. The credit card sized cards are designed to be carried at […]

Liverpool – 700 children on waiting list to receive autism testing

Liverpool, UK – Over 700 children in Liverpool are currently on an 18 month waiting list to receive testing for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Parents such as Clare Sorensen of Old Swan say that they are being forced to live in a perpetual state of  “limbo” while waiting for their children to receive testing.  Such […]

Toys“R”Us support World Autism Awareness Week

Toys“R”Us – will be supporting World Autism Awareness Week that is taking place from March 27 to April 2 2015 in the UK. The toy giant has planned an autism friendly shopping event for both parents and children affected by autism, to enjoy. The event will take place on Sunday March 29 and will allow […]

Student with autism told therapy dog no longer allowed at school

Pontypridd, Wales UK – Paul and Helyn Sims may change their children’s school after being told that Razor, a German Shepard puppy that helps their son Jenson, is no longer allowed beyond the school’s gates. Jenson is 8-years-old and has autism. Before he had Razor he was prone to violent tantrums, Mr. Sims told news outlet […]

World Autism Awareness Day – Autism Friendly Cinema Screenings

World Autism Awareness Day takes place on 2nd April and to celebrate Dimensions and the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association have helped secure over 800 Autism Friendly Screenings across the country. The CEA has invited all of its members to take part in a week long campaign to promote Autism Friendly Screenings in UK cinemas and help […]

It’s A Fair Cop – Julie Ellsmoor on autism and the police

The following is a blog post made by Julie Ellsmoor, mum to John, who has autism. It was originally posted on Close Encounters of the Autistic Kind. Reprinted with permission. It’s a fair cop – I recently read a really interesting article by Jo Worgan an editor of the online magazine ‘autismdailynewscast’, regarding law enforcement and […]

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Father separated from autistic son – in hospital 300 miles from home

Scotland – Paul Browne has been separated from his son  who has autism and complex needs, for over seven years.  In 2008 his son Darren now aged 27, was sent 300 miles away from home to a Birmingham hospital, Wast Hills House Hospital in Kings Norton. Mr Browne was told by experts that this was […]