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 […]

Dating help programs to be unveiled at Scottish autism conference

Scotland – A conference being held on Wednesday March 25 will contain presentations from Belgium and the Netherlands on their new programs aimed at helping people on the spectrum form better relationships. One of the presenters Peter Vermeulen, who runs Belgium’s Autism Central, told news outlet The Herald that: “We are starting to have people […]

Billy the rescue cat helps young boy with autism

Fraser Booth, Highlands, Scotland – was diagnosed with autism at 18 months of age. His mother, Louise knew from birth that something was not right and was relieved to gain a diagnosis. She told Ruth Walker of The Scotsman: “It’s usually between the ages of three and five that they diagnose autism, but Fraser’s behaviour […]

Ageing and Autism – the invisible generation

The National Society of Autism Scotland, UK  has recently voiced it’s concerns over an ageing demographic of people with Autism or ASD, who are slipping through the net in terms of care because they haven’t been diagnosed. This is a problem on a larger, worldwide scale. We regularly read that the diagnosis rate within children […]

Scottish Airports encouraged to advertise Autism support

Mark McDonald SNP MEP for Aberdeen has been working alongside the National Autism Society in Scotland to make Scottish airports advertise autism support within their walls. Support can mean Fast track lanes, more airport staff on hand for families with autistic children, familiarisation programs and extra human resources for contact. Robert MacBean, policy and campaigns […]

Airports urged to raise awareness about support they offer to passengers with autism

Scotland – Mark McDonald, SNP MSP for Aberdeen Donside, has joined with the National Autistic Society Scotland and Scottish Autism to ask airports to raise awareness about the support they offer to individuals who have autism. Many people with autism can find the unpredictability of airports distressing and disorientating. The Scotsman state that an investigation […]

MSP Mark McDonald – praised theatres and cinemas which provide autism-friendly performances

Scotland, SNP MSP Mark McDonald – praised theatres and cinemas which provide autism-friendly performances and screenings and urged others to do the same during a member’s debate on April 2 2014. Mr McDonald has an autistic son. In January, Mr McDonald supported an ASD-friendly pantomime at Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre. Autism Daily Newscast covered the […]

SWAN: Scottish Women with Autism

SWAN: Scottish Women with Autism was established in 2012 in partnership with Autism Network Scotland to support women with autism, raise awareness and understanding, exchange knowledge and work to improve services. The website states that: ‘When Asperger’s syndrome (AS) was first recognised in the UK, there was uncertainty around what the term meant, who it […]

Scottish actor becomes new ambassador to autism charity

Actor, Kevin Guthrie – of Sunshine on Leith fame has become the first Ambassador of the Scottish autism charity Speur-Ghlan (Gaelic for blue skies). Paisley born Kevin became aware of the opportunity after reading about it on twitter. The charity offer early therapeutic interventions for children who are diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and other […]