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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

UK eleven year old Aspergers boy competes for Christmas number one

Buckinghamshire, UK – A schoolboy with Aspergers who’s mother hadn’t heard him sing until last year is vying for the UK chart’s top spot with a song he composed himself. He sung for the first time at last year’s school Christmas concert and blew his audience away. Fynnjan Leach-Verhoeven penned the song from tunes that […]

Autistic Teenagers in Warrington Failed by the Local Council

Fifteen autistic teenagers from Warrington, UK, have been “failed” by being denied essential services by their local government. Watchdogs from the local government ombudsman (LGO) and the Parliamentary Helath Services ombudsman were called in 20011, acting on a letter from a worried parent which was submitted after his son was refused speech and language therapy. […]

Appeal for UK parents participation in Anna Kennedy survey

Autism campaigner and advocate Anna Kennedy is appealing for feedback and participation from parents to a survey that she plans to present to the Houses of commons. The survey aims to get at least 1,000 participants before the end of November and touches on key issues like diagnosis, inclusion and bullying. It takes around five […]

Northampton, UK, hospital plans £45 Million specialist Autism unit

A £45 Million specialist unit for children with autism and special educational needs is planned to be built in Northampton, UK. Construction is meant to start as soon as possible at St Andrew’s Hospital, the largest medium security hospital of it’s kind in Europe. the unit plans to unite existing services from the County under […]

Fundraising father takes to sleeping rough to raise money for autism

Carmarthenshire, UK – After his son Jack was diagnosed with autism last month, Tom Nasmyth-Shaw, 29 from Ffos Las in Carmarthenshire, South Wales, decided he wanted to raise money for autism charities. But instead of deciding on a sponsored walk, or a skydive, he decided that he wanted to sleep rough on the streets of London […]