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 […]

‘Art for Autism’ goes to Miami

Miami — New York City-based non-profit organization American Autism Association is bringing the first-ever ‘Art for Autism’ exhibit to Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. ‘Art for Autism’ is an event that will showcase the works of renowned artists from different parts of the country, as well as Israel, alongside the works of students with special needs […]

Blogging mother, Temporary Tourist, shares her experiences of Disney’s Guest Assistance rule change

We’ve had mixed responses on Disney’s decision to change the Guest Assistance Card system. We reported Autism Hippie’s experiences on October 11. Disney implemented a change in their guest assistance cards for children and adults with special needs on October 9 after reports that people were flagrantly abusing the old system. Cards called Disability Access […]

The magic of Disney – dulled for disabled children

A policy change in allowing disabled children to go to the front of queues in Disney’s Orlando and California parks has sparked a huge media debate, and anger within disability rights campaigners. The change in policy, due on October 9,  means that children with disabilities cannot go to the front of the queue as in […]

Autistic boy with an IQ of 168 forced to go to a Special Needs school

Christian Farrington is seven years old, and has an IQ of 168. But according to Cambridgeshire Council in Great Britain he requires a special education because of his Autism. Christian could read a book aloud when he was 18 months old, and has the intellect and ability of a child of 15, but has high […]

Petition urges Cross Country trains to change their policy regarding special needs

A petition has been  started to urge Cross Country trains to change and review their policy after a number of special needs children were allegedly made to sit outside a toilet on a journey from Edinburgh to Lanarkshire. The train was reportedly full as the 10 children, aged from four upwards, had been on a […]

UK Apprentice runner-up Katie Hopkins slurs Parents with Special Needs children

Ex UK Apprentice candidate and outspoken opinion blogger Katie Hopkins has enraged the Autism community with her latest dabble into blogging. Ms Hopkins, writing for the Huffington Post yesterday in a blog entitled “why must everything be a medical condition“, attempts to voice her concerns over over-diagnosis of ADHD and Autism, stating: “In many cases, […]

Free AutisMate Demo – YOUR Comprehensive App for Autism

SpecialNeedsWare, LLC, a New York-based software development firm established to improve and enrich the lives of those with special needs through modern technology, creators of the AutisMate app have released a free demo version of its iPad app for adults and children with autism called AutisMate LITE. AutisMate LITE gives users a taste of AutisMate, […]

The iPad Mini a Hot Tablet for those with Autism

When the iPad Mini came out in the market last fall, it became a “hot” item instantly. It is a bit smaller and cheaper than the standard iPad. A recent study has discovered that seventy per cent of children use the tablets in a home. Out of this lot, about eighty per cent of them […]

Lawyers accuse boy with autism of instigating fight after he was beaten in a school bus

Orlando, Fla. — Lawyers representing the Seminole County School Board accused a young teenage boy with autism of instigating a fight during an incident on a school bus where he was beaten while he was restrained in a harness that he wore to keep him safe. The lawyers also accused his mother of failing to […]