October 2011

Teams should make a NICE difference to diagnosis Guidance published today by NICE recommends that local multidisciplinary autism teams are set up to support healthcare professionals and enable them to work together with schools, social care, the voluntary sector and other key services which can offer useful insight into autism. More

Right from the start Why not express an interest in our diagnosis and assessment event? More

Get Connected If you work in a short break service or you’re a play leader for children with a disability why not join this Lottery funded forum More

What a waste! Yeah I know we’ve used that title before but it’s still true! People with autism all have talents. They are talented often because of their autism not despite it. Yet it’s the very thing that makes them talented that’s keeping them out of employment. Come on World wake up! Take a look at Justin’s story. More

Time on our hands Lack of employment for adults with autism means a whole heap of ‘leisure time’. But unstructured time can be the biggest challenge to folks on the autism spectrum (and their carers!). Take a look at Developing Leisure Time Skills for Persons with Autism. You can read big chunks of it on Google books (free!) so why not dip in and let us know what you think. We have a book review special next month where we will be reviewing this and other resources. Google Books

More Genes No, not another ‘cure’ for autism but a bit more in our ‘explaining the hard stuff about science’ thread. Watch this BBC introduction to the ‘genome’. BBC (apologies if you can’t see this outside the UK).

Goodbye Asperger’s? We have known since Feb 2010 that Asperger’s disorder will probably be incorporated into a new diagnostic category in the new American Psychiatric Association manual (DSM 5). “Autism spectrum disorder” will incorporate the current diagnoses of autistic disorder, Asperger’s disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive developmental disorder (not otherwise specified). From time to time we like to do a ‘just for fun’ survey and I thought you might like to give your views on the proposed changes in DSM 5. Survey

Joy in Africa Using her successful beauty business to launch her charitable work Zemi Yunus opened the Joy Centre for Children with Autism and related developmental disorders in Addis Ababa. More

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