Music of the genome hits a discord with autism

The below article originally appeared on The Conversation website. By Jeffrey Craig, Anthony Hannan and Yuk Jing Loke. We still do not know what causes autism, but insights from the burgeoning field of epigenetics are helping to reveal the subtle factors that can contribute to the disorder. Autism spectrum disorder (autism for short) is a term […]

Man with autism releases children’s CD

Solana Beach, CA –  20-year-old Reid Moriarty is set to debut his first album titled “Purple Party” at its release party in Del Mar. The children’s album was written partly by Reid and his music teacher of 13 years, Angela Neve. Neve also served as co-producer. Reid was inspired to learn music when he was […]

DJ with autism uses music to overcome barriers

Prince George, BC – A man with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is using deejaying and his love for music, both to earn money and to cope with some of the symptoms that are inherent to the disorder. For the majority of his life Kyle Brochu found it difficult to deal with loud noises, crowds and […]

Classical music may calm children with autism

Perth, Australia – A new study shows that playing classic music may help calm and reduce stress for children on the spectrum. The study was conducted at Curtin University by Jeremy Marriott for his doctoral research project. World renowned pianist David Helfgott was asked to help choose the classic music sample. He chose Beethoven’s Piano […]

UK eleven year old Aspergers boy competes for Christmas number one

Buckinghamshire, UK – A schoolboy with Aspergers who’s mother hadn’t heard him sing until last year is vying for the UK chart’s top spot with a song he composed himself. He sung for the first time at last year’s school Christmas concert and blew his audience away. Fynnjan Leach-Verhoeven penned the song from tunes that […]

The Fylde Hillbillies release their ‘Christmas Time’ charity single to raise money for Hillside Specialist School

‘The Fylde Hillbillies are a musical band of brothers and sisters bound by locally performing throughout the Fylde and Wyre. Put together by Dawn and Tony Mitchell especially for a recording of Tony Mitchell’s charity song Christmas Time 2013 in aid of raising money for a mini bus for Hillside Autistic School. Each doing their […]

11 year old with asperger raising funds with Christmas song

Buckinghamshire, England – The Spirit Of Christmas in final stages for release. Today is a big day for 11 year old Fynnjan Leach-Verhoeven. On Monday he got together with his old Y6 friends (most who go to different schools this year) to practice “The Spirit Of Christmas” for the film shoot and today they go into […]

Derogatory lyric in Drake and J.Cole’s Jodeci Freestyle to be dubbed

We have been following developments on J.Cole and Drake’s single Jodeci Freestyle for a few weeks now, expecting news of the removal of the lyric which has caused explosions within the Autism Community. The song, released on Saturday June 22nd cause an uproar within the Autism Community, with numerous complaints online, in print and aired […]

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 […]

Jodeci Freestyle lyric petitioner voices concern to top UK music retailer HMV

  Tesco mother of the year, and newly honoured on the Queen’s honours list for her work and dedication in educating children with Autism, Anna Kennedy OBE tells Autism Daily Newscast of the next steps in the fight against rappers use of discriminatory language. On July 16, we reported Ms Kennedy had opened a petition voicing grave concerns […]