Press Release – Finished at School: Supporting young people with autism to move from school to college

One day training courses to help staff support young people with autism to move from school to college are being hosted across all nine regions in England, on dates in Autumn term 2015 and Spring term 2016, across ten colleges. Ambitious about Autism, the leading national charity for children and young people with autism, is […]

NAS campaign for quicker autism diagnosis

Recently the National Autistic Society (NAS) launched their Autism Diagnosis Crisis campaign. The campaign states: “This is why we launched the Autism diagnosis crisis campaign in August 2015 – to tell the Government and NHS to prioritise timely autism diagnosis.” What is interesting is that they found the average waiting time for children to be […]

Press Release – Two Day International Research Symposium Announced

Research Autism is delighted to be launching its biggest conference to date, a two-day international research symposium featuring a number of world-renowned speakers. Looking Forward Looking Back: The Janus View of Autism is the latest in the Lorna Wing Conference Series, and will be held on 25 and 26 November 2015 at the prestigious Prince […]

Press Release – New Conference On Autism And Assistive Technology

Featuring… robotics… biometrics… cloud-based technology…. apps            A new one-day conference exploring autism, assistive technologies and sensory issues, will be held on Thursday 1 October at Old Trafford in Manchester. The conference, Autech 2015, will gather together world-leading experts in robotics, biometrics and cloud-based technology, to explore how people with autism […]

To the parents of newly diagnosed children on the spectrum

UK – I was extremely lucky when my son was first diagnosed with autism, and to be honest, I was extremely lucky for the year and a half before be was diagnosed. The reason being that I was well supported by professionals and parents who understood what was going on in my life; they understood […]

Man with autism becomes UK’s first mayor with a learning difference

Selby, England – Gavin Harding has been appointed mayor for Selby, a town in North Yorkshire. He is the first mayor in the UK to have a learning difference. Harding has served as deputy mayor and had started his second term as a Labour town councilor when his votes for mayor increased 590-1,039. A fellow […]

Press Release – Survey launches asking: What are the questions future autism research should answer?

A survey has launched as part of a consultation led by Autistica, bringing together organisations, individuals on the autism spectrum, families and professionals to identify the most important autism research questions to answer. Autistica is working with a number of partners including The National Autistic Society, the Autism Alliance and Autism Research Trust. This is […]

Press Release – Iain Duncan Smith is a big hit with residents at new home for people with autism

UK – Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, made a surprise visit yesterday (28 April) to Wirral Autistic Society’s newly opened £1m home for people with severe autism at Raby Hall in Bromborough – and was so popular with residents that they welcomed him into their kitchen to help cook dinner. […]

Individuals with learning disabilities have higher risk of premature death

A 2013 study in the UK found that individuals with learning disabilities are at higher risk of premature death than those in the general population. For the purposes of the study, a death was considered premature if “without a specific event that formed part of the ‘pathway’ that led to death, it was probable that […]

United Kingdom – Independent Living Fund to close in 2015

United Kingdom – The Independent Living Fund, a government assistance program that supports people with disabilities is set to close on June 30th 2015. Mrs. Justice Andrews delivered the ruling and sympathized with recipients who may find this hard to deal with. The government contends this closing is due to changes in social care that […]