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A pilot project by London South Bank University (LSBU) researchers will examine the benefits of goal-directed mentoring for young people on the autism spectrum Sponsored by Research Autism, the two-year pilot study will establish a tailored mentoring scheme, designed with input from people on the autism spectrum and their carers,…
A new study has highlighted the potential for pet dogs to reduce stress in parents of children with autism. A team of psychologists and animal behaviour experts at the University of Lincoln, UK, in conjunction with charities Dogs for the Disabled and the National Autistic Society, discovered a significant decrease…
A new one-year plan to address priorities for action for children, young people and adults with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) has been published by the Welsh Government. The new interim delivery plan is backed by £600,000 of funding, which is in addition to the £880,000 ASD infrastructure grant which was…
New research shows that children with autism are better at combining information about moving objects than their peers, which may explain why they experience sensory overload. The study conducted by the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) asked 33 children with autism and 33 typical children aged between 6 and 13…
A report published today gives a snapshot of the experiences of people with learning disabilities who are inpatients in either NHS or independent services, and provides a new insight into regional variations of care. The 'Learning Disability Census: Further Analysis Report', is published by the Health and Social Care Information…
Acclaimed Japanese concert pianist, Noriko Ogawa, is hosting a series of concerts specifically for parents and carers of children with autism. The aim of Jamie’s Concerts, which are held in Japan and the UK, is to provide carers with a rare chance to relax and listen to live classical music…
Renowned speakers on Autism, Professor Rita Jordan OBE and Ros Blackburn, will host a lecture and a question and answer session at the University of Worcester later this month. The lecture is aimed at university students, staff and community members who are interested in special needs education, or are current…
New National Autistic Society (NAS) figures released to coincide with World Autism Awareness Day today show that more people in the UK are aware of autism than ever before. But there’s still a long way to go before autism is understood and people on the spectrum are fully integrated into…
The Scottish Parliament has become the first public building in Scotland to receive an Autism Access award from the National Autistic Society. The Presiding Officer, Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP (pictured), accepted the award on behalf of the Scottish Parliament from Jenny Paterson, Director (Scotland) of the National Autistic Society,…
This statutory guidance shows how local authorities and NHS organisations should carry out their responsibilities under the Autism Act 2009 to develop services that support and meet the needs of people with autism, and their families and carers. It also explains what support they can expect to receive from local…
A new study by researchers from Goldsmiths and City University found parents in the UK are waiting up to three and a half years to receive a diagnosis that their child has autism. The study revealed that 52 per cent of parents were dissatisfied with their experience of their child’s…
'No voice unheard, no right ignored' is a Department of Health consultation for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions. The consultation explores options on issues such as how people can: be supported to live independently, as part of a community be assured that their views will be…
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