Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman on Raising a Child with Autism

Boyz II Men founding member Shawn Stockman is opening up about his support for other families raising kids who are on the autism spectrum. The 48-year-old musician shares three kids with his wife Sharhonda, whom he wed in 2001: twin sons Micah and Ty, 18, and younger daughter Brooklyn. After Micah was diagnosed with autism at 2 years […]

Actually, Hugo Hammond Isn’t The First Love Island Contestant With A Disability

Last week, the cast of the new series of Love Island was announced with much focus on this years’ line-up including the ‘first contestant with a disability’. Hugo Hammond, a PE teacher from Hampshire, was born with club foot – which causes the foot to twist downwards and inwards. TV’s effort towards inclusion was celebrated by many, […]

Pepper the robot joins school to support children with autism

Pepper, the friendly humanoid robot from SoftBank Robotics, is lending a helping hand to pupils at a special needs school in Somerset, as part of a project led by researchers at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol). Currently based at The Mendip School near Shepton Mallet, the approachable-looking robot is supporting pupils […]

How to make helpful adjustments for autistic teachers

Most schools are likely to have autistic staff but may not be making reasonable adjustments for them – these can be simple but make a world of difference, writes Victoria Morris I was diagnosed with autism as an adult, when I had already been teaching for several years. Since then, I have become aware of […]

New autism strategy aims to radically improve support services in Northern Ireland

AUTISM services must be improved as a “priority” while society needs to do more by supporting individuals and families, Robin Swann has said. The health minister yesterday launched a new autism strategy for the next two years, in the wake of a dramatic downturn in vital services during the pandemic. During the first Covid wave, […]

50K walk for Autism by father and son

THROUGHOUT February, an Enniskillen man and his autistic son were taking part in a 50K challenge to raise money for Autism NI. As part of Autism NI’s ‘Fit February’ challenge, Carl Morrison and his four-year-old son, Hayden, have been out walking around Enniskillen, aiming to walk 50K in total to help fundraise for the charity. […]

Sia: ‘My heart has always been in the right place’

The 45-year-old star has faced a huge backlash over her film because she cast Maddie Ziegler in the titular role of an autistic teenager, instead of someone neuroatypical, but she strongly believed before the criticism that she’d researched the project and represented the condition well. She said: “I wasn’t able to talk to everybody that’s […]

Christine and Paddy McGuinness to feature in BBC autism documentary

Christine and Paddy McGuinness are set to open up their family life and show what it’s like to have three children diagnosed with autism in a new BBC documentary. The one-off programme, Autism and Our Family, will follow comedian and presenter Paddy, his wife Christine, and their three young children to lift the lid on what multiple […]

‘ADHD, autism, and the elevated risk of later depression’ In conversation with Professor Anita Thapar

In this podcast we talk to Professor Anita Thapar, Professor, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences, Cardiff University. A researcher and a clinician, Anita is also on the board of the UK national neurodiversity charity ADHD Foundation. Anita talks about the relationship between disorders, such as, ADHD and autism, the elevated risk of later depression, and what […]

How Ideas About Autism Were Shaped in the Early USSR

Pioneering psychologists Grunya Sukhareva and Lev Vygotsky make history. During Josef Stalin’s “Great Break,” the Soviet approach to autism, and disability as a whole, became defined by integration. Most special schools were sentenced to closure, and those with disabilities put back into normal society (except in the most extreme cases of disability) in 1929. The […]

The Reason I Jump: behind a groundbreaking film on autism

The cinematic language of The Reason I Jump, an ambitious documentary which attempts to simulate the sensory experience of non-verbal autism, is elemental, building up one isolated detail at a time. A living room, for example, emerges from the cascading, metallic tide of an electric fan, from the frisson of sizzling oil in a frying […]

How the autistic population could solve the tech industry’s biggest challenge

The neurodiverse population might not only help fill the skills gap, but bring a raft of unprecedented benefits – and big names like SAP and IBM are already taking note While technology is transforming the way we work at what feels like an ever increasing pace, there’s one seemingly intractable problem holding it back: the […]

E-learning platform for autistic children launched

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Monday launched an E-learning platform targeting parents and caregivers of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The platform has been launched in partnership with the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Child Development and Paediatric Rehabilitation Centre, Qatar Foundation, Al Shafallah Centre for Persons with Disabilities and Qatar […]