Parents of autistic children report special education teacher from California for remarks on Facebook

  Torrance, California – Parents submit screen shots of Facebook posts from Dec 5th before an IEP meeting. Suzanne Hutton a special-education teacher from Torrance Unified School District has been placed on administrative leave following comments she posted to Facebook about an upcoming Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting. Ms Hutton had no restrictions on the […]

New Study Highlights the Importance of Social Interaction for Autistic Children

Dr Blythe Corbett Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center investigator is the lead author of the study.* Children on the autistic spectrum and typically developing children were observed playing together in a playground setting. It was found the two groups played in similar ways. The autistic children were found to initiate and engage […]

Father of Sandy Hook Tragedy Sets up Dylan’s Wings of Change Foundation to Help Other Autistic Children

Newton, Connecticut – one year ago today, December 14, 2012 Ian Hockley’s son, Dylan 6 was tragically killed in the Sandy Hook shootings. Dylan’s Wings of Change is a non-profit organisation dedicated to raising Autism awareness. Dylan was Autistic and was supported at the school by his aid, Anne Marie Murphy. Mr Hockley told Metro […]

New ‘Highland Autism Improvement Group’ Launched in Scotland

The Highlands, Scotland – Singer Susan Boyle 52 who revealed this week that she has recently been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome has inspired a new Autism group entitled ‘Highland Autism Improvement Group.’ Jenna Conti reports in Highland News that local experts say that late diagnosis is not uncommon with many individuals being the victims of […]

Teacher in Florida will go back into the classroom after giving hot-sauce laced crayons to a boy with autism

Kissimmee, Florida – Despite school districts appeal, Florida teacher accused of giving crayons to a student with autism that was soaked in hot sauce will be reinstated. Both the school district and the parents are upset by the decision.  Lillain Gomez had been fired from her job at an elementary school back in February 2012, […]

Origin Housing’s Speedwell Court for Autistic Adults Opens in Barnet, North Finchley UK

Barnet, North Finchley UK – The Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Melvin Cohen, officially open Origin Housing’s Speedwell Court in Woodside Grange Road this week. The new development is for adults diagnosed with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. The building had originally been a retirement home but was adapted to meet the needs of Autistic individuals. Natalie […]

Autistic Boy from DeBary, Florida Now Allowed to Keep His Pet Chickens

J.J.Hart, 3 from DeBary Florida – On December 7 Autism Daily Newscast shared the story about local City Council members informing J,J,Hart and his family that they would no longer be able to keep chickens at their family home. In an article posted in the Orlando Sentinel yesterday, the City Council in DeBary have now […]

Tadpoles help San Diego researchers get insight into autism

Tadpoles are helping researchers at Brown University understand the mechanisms of autism. The ‘tadpole model of autism‘ was presented to the  presented a tadpole model of autism at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego by Eric James GS of Brown University. James and Arseny Khakhalin, a postdoctoral fellow, started studying tadpole […]

Teacher from Montgomery County, Maryland, Accused of Sexually Assaulting Autistic Student

Yee Tak Sharon Kui, 25 is a teacher at The Frost School in Wheaton; Montgomery County has been accused of sexually assaulting an Autistic boy of 15. The Frost School is a private special education school for children with  Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and behavioural and learning difficulties. The local authorities now believe that the […]

New Autism and Mental Health Toolkit for Mental Health Professionals

The Green Light 2013 Toolkit, launched in the UK aims to inform as well as provide a guide for mental health professionals working with autistic individuals and people with learning disabilities. A report carried out last year by the National Development Team for inclusion (NDTi) found that some areas of England had begun to make […]