Autism Research: November 1, 2013 Week in review

Autism risk greater in the audio-visually challenged. A large study published in the Disability and Health Journal found that 6% children having hearing problems and 7% having visual handicaps had a chance of being diagnosed with autism compared to only 1% of the typical population. The study involved 2, 30, 000 children from Atlanta of […]

Changes prompt job loss fear in UK autism school

North Devon, United Kingdom –  Concerns have been raised about Broomhayes specialist residential autism school, as changes in provision may lead to job losses. The school, ran by the National Autistic Society will close it’s residential and day school provision early next year at “a date to be agreed”. The NAS will be working close […]

Fundraising father takes to sleeping rough to raise money for autism

Carmarthenshire, UK – After his son Jack was diagnosed with autism last month, Tom Nasmyth-Shaw, 29 from Ffos Las in Carmarthenshire, South Wales, decided he wanted to raise money for autism charities. But instead of deciding on a sponsored walk, or a skydive, he decided that he wanted to sleep rough on the streets of London […]

Mexican man with Aspergers wins the right to make his own decisions

A 25 year old man with an Aspergers diagnosis has won the right to make his own decisions regarding his life free from parental consent. Ricardo Aldair took his case to the Supreme Court, as under Mexican law, he was did not have the right to make key decisions about his future. Under Mexican law, […]

Single mother from China who raised twins with special needs says she ‘wouldn’t change a thing’

Shanyang, China – Ma Zhiqui gave birth to twins Zhang Yuanjun and Zhang Hangjun 21 years ago. Hangjun, who is the older of the twins, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, while the younger twin, Yuanjun, was diagnosed with autism. Shortly after her sons were born, Ma decided to quit her job— despite the fact that […]

Research on brain cells finds what may cause sensory issues in individuals with autsm

A recent study that has focused on the way signals are sent to brain cells, have found that the way this information is delivered is abnormally strong in individuals with autism. It was found that in these individuals the  long-range ‘feed-forward’ connections, that carry signals from peripheral nerves to the brain, sent abnormally strong signals, […]

Beer event to raise money for autism charity

Staten Island, NY – An autism fundraiser being held in the form of a beer event will be taking place at the Snug Harbour Cultural and Botanical Gardens in Livingston on January 24. It’s the second annual event of its kind and proceeds will be donated to the Autism Speaks organization. In 2014 the event […]

‘Behind the Glass Wall’ Catches Autism on Film

Mumbai, India — Award-winning filmmaker Arunaraje Patil captured the world of children with autism on an 80-minute documentary film entitled “Behind the Glass Wall”. Originally conceptualized as a short film to be produced for a charity that provides workshops for children on the autism spectrum, “Behind the Glass Wall” was born after Patil observed during […]

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 […]

Good luck Gina – walking and talking for autism

Last month we shared a story with you about acclaimed autism practitioner, Gina Davies who will be starting her Walking and talking Tour shortly. In just a week’s time, Gina will be walking the walk and talking the talk as she travels on foot from Wells to Canterbury, and along the route will volunteer her […]