About News In Brief

These are short news articles that report quickly on breaking events or snapshots of news for quick coverage. They are not as in-depth but a synopsis.

Vile arsonist destroy autistic boy’s Christmas dream

Manchester, UK- Cowardly arsonists have destroyed an autistic boy’s dream Christmas present of a sensory play house in the garden, by maliciously setting fire to it. Seven year old Harvey Ratcliffe is severely autistic, and parents Fiona and Wesley had saved for months to convert the garden shed into a sensory room for their son, full of expensive light […]

Autism and Online Dating

Hussein Al-Nasrawi 22, Bay Area, Boston – is Autistic and looking for love and decided to join the world of online dating. Rula Al-Nasrawi writes in The Atlantic about her brother’s experience of online dating. Rula Al-Nasrawi explains that for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), online dating is: “an alternative to picking up people […]

A Little Boy’s Wish for His Autistic Big Brother to Talk

 Cathy Jameson contributing editor of Age of Autism shares Little Buddy’s wish of wanting his older brother Roman to talk. Little buddy is 9 and Roman 11. Cathy explains how she found a note written by Little Buddy in her office. The note said ‘I would tell Jesus to please help my brother talk’ Cathy […]

Re-Launch for Autism Charity in Hampshire

Hampshire Autistic Society – is now known as Autism Hampshire. The Daily Echo reports that a spokesman for the charity said: “The new name is seen as a natural evolution of the charity’s branding to better reflect a continued focus on autism and to remove the perceived exclusive nature of the term ‘society’. They continue: […]

Anna Kennedy Online Launch Petition for More Consistency Within the NHS in Regards to Autism Diagnosis

Anna Kennedy Online – launch the petition ‘Department of Health: Consistency within the NHS when diagnosing an autism spectrum condition and Asperger Syndrome.’ Dec 21 The recent survey carried out by Anna Kennedy Online, Autism Diagnosis Survey in the UK which can be found here received over 2000 responses, the results highlighted the need for […]

New Survey Highlights Autistic Children Face a High Level of Bullying in Hertfordshire Schools

The Hertfordshire branch of the National Autistic Society (HARC) Hertfordshire, UK – survey carried out in the local area asked parents their opinions about school provision for their autistic children. The Comet 24 reports that: “59 per cent of respondents said they had been bullied.” It was also reported that 1 in 10 parents found […]

A New National Education Diagnostic and Assessment Centre to Open in Abuja, Nigeria.

The Federal Government has begun construction on the new National Education Diagnostic and Assessment Centre in Abuja, Nigeria. The Centre will be used for the early referral and identification of children with special needs including children on the autistic spectrum. This was announced on the occasion to mark the 2013 autism awareness creation and international […]

Mum blasts UK pub for autism discrimination

Glasgow UK –  A mother of autistic triplets has blasted the Griffin Pub in Glasgow, UK for what she calls blatant discrimination against her three sons. Tracy Steell, 46,  was taking the 19 year old triplets, Bobby, Stuart and Glen,  to see Aladdin at a nearby theatre for a Christmas treat, which also included dinner before […]

Skateboard Exhibition in Las Vegas Raises Money for Autism Charities

City of the World Art Gallery, Las Vegas – 160 hand-painted skateboards are on display in the gallery during the Artists for Autism Skateboard Project exhibition. One skateboard portrays Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance from the film, The Shining The exhibition has been coordinated by the Autism Community Trust (ACT) which is a local non-profit […]

Minnesota study links Somali population with high levels of autism

Minnesota, MN – A study by the University of Minneapolis has found high levels of autism in children born into the City’s Somalian population. The study was conducted as part of a bigger project, the Minneapolis Somali autism spectrum disorder prevalence program which was initiated to investigate why there was such a high level of ASDs […]