Research finds computer-aided communication helps adults with autism

Leiden, Netherlands — A group of researchers from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands have attempted to conduct research on a theory that has long been speculated by many. The group, headed by Aske Plaat, made efforts to prove that computer-aided communication such as entails and instant messaging have a number of advantages for  […]

Jamaica – Mother of child with autism helps raise awareness through Digicel’s 5K event

Jamaica – Kimberly Brown-Muthra is a credit and collections analyst at the Digicel Foundation, a nonprofit charity, who is volunteering at their annual 5K Run/Walk. Brown-Muthra was inspired to help because of her son Kareem Muthra whose on the autism spectrum. Brown-Muthra took her son to be evaluated at the offices of developmental pediatrician Dr. […]

ACE GRAN FONDO Supports Children With Autism – 4 Day Cycle Ride,

  YEPPOON Central Queensland, Australia – Errol Hodges, a resident of Yeppoon, will take part in the August 16th ACE Gran Fondo which is a four day, 450km cycle ride to raise funds to combat autism. Mr Hodges, told The Chronicle: “I am participating in the ride because it affects my partner’s family. Her son and grandson […]

Forward thinking parents who recognised the need for autism specific schools

There is a growing trend in the UK for building free schools for autism specific pupils. These schools are predominantly born from the community where they are built. Therefore parents with autistic children rallying together in a community group to birth a school for their kids. The thought was relatively unheard of in the 1970’s […]

South Shields Restaurant Create Charity Dish to Raise Money for Autism

Restaurant, ‘Orangegrass Thai and Oriental Cuisine’,South Shields, South Tyneside – during the 2 weeks Christmas holidays the restaurant created a charity dish with 50 per cent of the sales going to the North East Autism Society. The Shields Gazette reported that almost £300 has been raised for the charity. North East Autism Society provides autism-specific […]

A Revised Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers

USA, Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers – Sean Patterson reports that a new study published in the journal Paediatrics is more accurate than previous versions. The screening tool can be used to diagnose children as young as 16 months old. Deborah Fein, senior author of the study and a researcher at the University of […]

National Autistic Society (NAS) are Campaigning with People in Nottingham to Save Local Autism Service

NAS, UK – are campaigning with local people from Nottingham to save the Adults with Asperger’s Team. The NAS report that the team have supported at least 10 per cent of the adult population living with Asperger syndrome in the county. They state on their website: ‘Nottinghamshire County Council is considering disbanding the team as […]

Paralysed Dog Brings Comfort to Autistic Children

 Tampa, Florida – Sandy Lewers 55, adopts paralysed dog from Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Sandy told ABC News reporter Ben Gittleson that she had no intention of buying a dog when she went to the shelter but that when she saw Willie the dachshund her heart melted. Willie was discovered by a staff member from […]

Autistic children banned from Newport, UK school canteen for not speaking welsh

Wales, UK– A number of parents from Newport, Wales, UK have blasted  the local authority as their autistic children were banned from their school canteen for not speaking Welsh. The children who attend Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Teyrnon  were made to eat their dinner in a small classroom. Last year the children from the special autistic unit […]

Micro movements a way of diagnosing autism, say researchers

Tiny movements of the eye that are not even visible to the human eye are being studied by researchers in the University of Indiana as a means to detect autism and autistic spectrum disorder. The tiny micro movements and their frequency can also be an indicator as to the severity of the symptoms according to […]