Wear your onesie for the National Autistic Society

National Autistic Society (NAS) – have launched ‘Onesie Wednesday’ for World Autism Awareness Day April 2. On April 2 the NAS would like everyone to wear their onesies or pyjamas to support people with autism and to help raise awareness. ‘Onesie Wednesday® was created to encourage people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to show […]

The National Autistic Society ‘Push for Action’ campaign raised in Parliament

National Autistic Society (NAS), UK, Push for Action – is a campaign which aims to improve services for adults who are on the autistic spectrum. The NAS ‘Push for Action’ campaign was raised in Parliament during the Health questions session. The Push for Action blog reports on how Angela Smith MP asked the Secretary of […]

National Autistic Society (NAS) are Campaigning with People in Nottingham to Save Local Autism Service

NAS, UK – are campaigning with local people from Nottingham to save the Adults with Asperger’s Team. The NAS report that the team have supported at least 10 per cent of the adult population living with Asperger syndrome in the county. They state on their website: ‘Nottinghamshire County Council is considering disbanding the team as […]

BBC Four, ‘Autism: Challenging Behaviour’ Documentary and Opinions

Reaction to “Autism: Challenging Behaviour” on BBC is strong and mixed. Airdate: Tuesday 5th November. The documentary focused upon the use of Applied Behaviour Analysis) and how it is used as an intervention for Autistic children. The programme information on the BBC website is as follows: ‘The film follows three-year-old Jack and four-year-old Jeremiah through […]

Giant button, ‘Jenson’ hits Barrow-in-Furness to ‘Push for Action’ for People with Autism

A giant 2-ft button, nicknamed Jensen, who is the mascot of the National Autistic Society’s (NAS) ‘Push for Action’ campaign arrived in Barrow-in-Furness on Wednesday 23rd October. The campaign aims at improving support for adults with autism. The Furness NAS Branch hosted the awareness raising event in the Forum, Duke Street. Members of the public […]

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 […]

Support for individuals on the autism spectrum needed throughout the whole life cycle

As the mother of a child on the autistic spectrum, I have to say that I feel very well supported and that I have a wealth of information at my fingertips. I am also aware though that I have been extremely lucky at finding support and like-minded people who I can chat to. This isn’t […]

Autism and the police – I am frightened

Autism, youth and law enforcement –  All this week we are discussing the issues surrounding law enforcement and young people who are on the autism spectrum. This is an issue of great concern for any parent or caregiver of a child or young person who is autistic. No matter where in the world you live. […]

How Do I Know if I Have Autism?

“How do I know if I have autism?” is a question asked by many parents and family members of children who have been diagnosed with the condition. While a definitive cause is yet to be discovered, most scientists agree that there is a genetic component, and it is common for family members to notice particular […]

Press Release – Major European initiative to boost understanding of autism

Understanding about autism will get a boost as universities, charities and expert institutions from 14 European countries come together in a major new programme. Autism Spectrum Disorders in Europe (ASDEU) has been funded by the European Commission to research autism diagnosis, prevalence and interventions and to improve care and support for people with autism. There […]