autism

Talking about The A Word

The creative arts have always been a haven for inclusivity and celebrating diversity – and autism has played an increasingly high-profile role in TV dramas in the UK and across the pond. But can our television sets ever accurately depict life as an autistic person?


Enable revisits: Autism and mental health

In 2019, we shone a spotlight on the definition of autism under the Mental Health Act. Defined as a mental disorder under the act, many autistic people have faced detention and inappropriate care. We return to the issue, to uncover what has progressed in the last 12 months.


What is World Autism Week 2020?

Today (30 March) is the start of World Autism Week, where autistic people and charities come together to raise awareness of autism and how we can all work together to support the autistic community.


Having a sensory-friendly Christmas

The festive season can come with the risk of sensory overload for family members who are autistic or have conditions like ADHD. Planning and preparation can ensure that everyone has a merry Christmas.




Autism Hour: On the clock

Autism Hour had returned ( 5 – 12 October) in a bid to improve the shopping experiences of autistic customers. But, why should more high street brands get involved, and how can businesses make their stores more accessible all year round?



Interview: My Autistic Big Brother and Me

Journalist and film-maker, Mikey Kay has been openly discussing his life with older brother Spencer, who is autistic. Saskia Harper interviewed Mikey about his new documentary: My Autistic Big Brother and Me.



Spotlight: Autism is not a mental illness

Under the UK Mental Health Act 1983, autism is defined as a mental disorder. This inaccurate representation of people on the autistic spectrum can lead to even more confusion, and harm, when caring for autistic people who are experiencing mental ill health