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December 2010



Recent Posts


Morning Sky

Hi Everyone,

Hope you’re all well.


“We killed Matthew: parents”:

“At airports, autism too is a threat!”:

“Osborne in ‘autistic’ jibe shame”:

“Derogatory use of the term ‘autism”:

“Autism – help for fathers”:

Did You Know?
(Courtesy of the NAS) The NAS leads national and international initiatives, including campaigning and lobbying the government, providing a strong voice for autism. Work includes involvement in many areas in order to help autistic people live their lives with as much independence as possible, as well as raising awareness.

• 40% of all autistic children wait more than three years for a clear diagnosis.

• 4 in 10 GPs do not have enough information about autism to make an informed assessment.

• Autistic children are 20 times more likely to be excluded from school than other children. The main reason being that the school was unable to cope with the child.

• 49% of autistic adults are still living at home with their parents. Although 70% of parents felt that their son or daughter would be able to live independently without support.

• 65% of these autistic adults had not had an official care assessment and are therefore unlikely to be known by any supporting bodies.

• Only 1 in 4 local authorities are sufficiently preparing to meet the needs of autistic people when their parents are too old to cope or have died.

• Only 6% of autistic adults are in full-time paid employment.

• Only 20% of autistic adults are in any employment.

• Autistic adults say that finding a suitable job would improve their lives more than anything else.

• 21% of people with learning differences(including autism) surveyed had been subject to physical attacks in the past year.

“help! Programme: post diagnostic support”:

“Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Communities Project”:


“New drugs should carry warnings”:

“Successful futures for autistic adults”:

“Drinking survey”:



Includes 2 new books “Everything A Child Needs To Know About ADHD” by Dr C R Yemula and “Do You Know About ADHD Sir” by Josh Jones, aged 11 years

“Thom Hartman’s Complete Guide to ADHD: Help for Your family at Home, School and Work”


“Parents on respect and acceptance”:

“Being heard – advocacy and autism conference”:

“WJCS offers autism support programs beginning October 2”:

“Heart of Virginia report – Katie Wallace”:

“Program helps autistic students develop workplace skills”:

“Teen Issues”:


“Christmas cards and gift wrap”:

“Thomas and friends zip pulls and book marks”:


“Genuine inclusive education makes everyone a winner”:

“Parents give special-ed failing grade”:

“State’s failing nation’s schools”:

“Japanese educators turn to U.S. experts in special education”:

“Teachers learn more on autism”:

“Virtual school beats real thing”:


“Derek Paravicini”
Derek (b. 1979) is an extraordinarily talented pianist, despite being blind and having severe learning difficulties.
He plays entirely by ear, and has a repertoire of many thousands of pieces that he has memorised – jazz, pop and light classical – and he is a great improviser.
Derek has played in venues across the UK, including Ronnie Scott’s and the Barbican Halls in London, and he has appeared in the news media across the world.
His first commercial CD is now available for purchase, and a biography and documentary about his life are due to appear in the US and the UK in the near future.

“Stars Shine For Autism this Christmas”:


“Savant artist’s remarkable list-like drawings are winning recognition”:

“Eric Jiani”:

“Edvard Munch”:


“The Musical Genius”:

“Autism in the House”:


Individuality, Diversity, Equality, Achievement

“Autism Jobs”:

“Community support worker”:

“Current job vacancies within the NAS”:

“Transitions Project – new graduates sought”:


“Alex and Dennis Debbaudt – The Eastern Graphic”:

“League goes to bat for those with special needs”:

“Trek Brazil 2006 – 6th October”:

“The BUPA Great South Run 2006 – Sun 22nd October”:

“Cycle the Nile 2007”:

“Trek the Inca Trail 2007”:


“Disability Voice”
Towards An Enabling Education
Author: Mal Leicester

October 2006 “Special Stories for Disability Awareness”
Author: Mal Leicester

“Asperger Syndrome – What Teachers Need To Know”
Author: Matt Winter

“Homeschooling the Child with Asperger Syndrome”
Real Help for Parents Anywhere and On Any Budget
Author: Lise Pyles

“My Social Stories Book”
Edited by Carol Gray and Abbie Leigh White

“Your Life Is Not A Label”
Author: Jerry Newport

NEW “All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome”
Author: Kathy Hoopmann

“Blue Bottle Mystery”
An Asperger Adventure
Author: Kathy Hoopman

“Of Mice and Aliens”
An Asperger Adventure
Author: Kathy Hoopman

“Lisa and the Lacemaker”
An Asperger Adventure
Author: Kathy Hoopman

Runner up in the NASEN Children’s Book Award
Author: Kathy Hoopman

October 2006 “How To Be Yourself In A World That’s Different”
An Asperger’s Syndrome Study Guide For Adolescents
Author: Yuko Yoshida M.D.
Foreword by Lorna Wing

Mark Haddon “Inside a curious mind”:

Hope you enjoyed the read. Will leave you with Jean-Paul Bovee’s “I Have a Dream…” [www.asw4autism.org]

Take Care,

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