Mencap offers support to UK family members with learning disabilities like autism

  John and Andrew are twins with autism who live in the United Kingdom. They both also suffer from learning difficulties and mental health issues, which make their daily lives challenging. Their father took early retirement to help with their care. When he passed away from cancer, their mother was overwhelmed, until she contacted Mencap. […]

Horticulture Therapy for People with Autism w/video

In the 1600’s, patients who struggled to pay for their medical treatment turned to gardening to earn extra money. Doctors noticed a difference between these patients and those who did not engage in gardening activities. Patients who gardened recovered faster than their counterparts and they were observed to have greater overall well-being. This is reported […]

How Can Abuse of Special-Needs Students in Schools be Prevented?

The media has been full of stories of children with special needs being abused in schools, by teachers, aides, or other students. Each story is more disturbing than the last, with distraught parents threatening lawsuits and criminal charges. How is it that a place parents trust, where they send their child in good faith, hoping […]

Snug Vest: A recent addition to possible aids for children with special needs

Our final in the series on weighted vests highlights a former swimming instructor and classroom volunteer from Vancouver who has designed a special type of vest to aid children with special needs in their daily activities. The 24-year-old, Lisa Fraser, who has worked with these children first hand, believes that hug can mean so much for […]

Petition urges Cross Country trains to change their policy regarding special needs

A petition has been  started to urge Cross Country trains to change and review their policy after a number of special needs children were allegedly made to sit outside a toilet on a journey from Edinburgh to Lanarkshire. The train was reportedly full as the 10 children, aged from four upwards, had been on a […]

UK Apprentice runner-up Katie Hopkins slurs Parents with Special Needs children

Ex UK Apprentice candidate and outspoken opinion blogger Katie Hopkins has enraged the Autism community with her latest dabble into blogging. Ms Hopkins, writing for the Huffington Post yesterday in a blog entitled “why must everything be a medical condition“, attempts to voice her concerns over over-diagnosis of ADHD and Autism, stating: “In many cases, […]

This is my child- Mumsnet campaign for special educational needs children

Online parenting advice and news site Mumsnet have just launched their campaign called This Is My Child, which aims to support parents with children with special educational needs. The campaign, launched on August 17  aims to eradicate misunderstanding about children with special needs, and is welcomed by the charity Mencap. It draws on NHS information […]

Is professor using ‘Ouiji Board’ science to defend herself in sex abuse case?

In a 2011 article, Rutgers-Newark professor Anna Stubblefield offered a staunch defense of the controversial communication method known as “facilitated communication”. Autism Daily Newscast has covered a number of important stories involving autistics who use facilitated communication (FC). Carly Fleishmann is perhaps the most known in the public arena but there are many more. The recent case […]

Special Education and Behavioral Connections helps children with autism in Detroit

Detroit — Now helping children with autism in a community that was once out of reach is the Special Education and Behavioral Connections. Children with autism in Detroit and the families caring for them now have a place where they can find help, thanks to the center— which sits in an office inside a building […]

To be kind should be the norm not inspirational

A few weeks back a story went viral that was about a young McDonald’s employee in America, who helped an elderly and disabled customer with his meal. He cut his food up for him and helped to feed him. A photo was plastered all over the Internet. This story was BIG news, with many saying […]