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The public's perception of autism will be one of the major themes explored next week as the Festival of Social Science returns to Sheffield. The free festival, which is funded by the Economic & Social Research Council, is a week-long series of events (4 November - 11 November) taking place…
Two charities providing support to people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs, have announced they are to merge. Choice Support and mcch, who will soon operate as Partnership Support Group (PSG), estimate the combined organisation will have an annual turnover of £66 million, providing support to 2300 people…
A robot which teaches people key facial expressions could help boost the employment outlook for autistic adults, researchers have claimed. The current UK unemployment rate is 4.4% but just 14% of autistic adults have a full-time job. Researchers at Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University have developed a robot called Alyx to teach…
Taking multivitamins in early pregnancy may reduce the risk of children developing autism, research suggests. Experts found that children whose mothers had taken the vitamins were around half as likely to develop autism as those whose mothers took none. But the team cautioned that although they had found a possible…
Helping people to see life through the eyes of those on the autistic spectrum is the aim of new children's TV show Pablo, its creator has said. Grainne McGuinness (pictured) said the quirky, funny show will delight young viewers of the CBeebies and RTEjr channels "but it has a job…
Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis has been chosen by Prime Minister Theresa May to receive the 765th Points of Light award for her campaigning to get autistic children involved in sports and recreation activities. Theresa May said: "Through your campaigning you have encouraged thousands of children with autism to get involved in…
Treatment with the "cuddle" hormone oxytocin can improve the social abilities of some children with autism, research has shown. Scientists used a nasal spray to administer the hormone or an inactive "dummy" placebo to 32 autistic children twice daily for a month. Children who had the lowest natural levels of…
‘A trade in people’ with learning disabilities and/or autism has been uncovered by a partnership of activists, families and Lancaster University academics. The new report from the University’s Centre for Disability Research (CeDR) found that last year £477 million was forecast to be spent on keeping just 2,500 people with…
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