When Mark and Julie Neary adopted five-year-old Steven, they never imagined that 16 years later they’d be fighting for his right to simply live at home. It was a fight that lasted almost a year. After all, why would they think that was a risk? Steven was just your every-day kind of kid. He loved football, ABBA, and Mr Bean. He also lives with severe learning difficulties. Click icon to see article.
Too much information
- The NAS ran a public information campaign from 2015-18 about the information overload that autistic children/people can experience. Click icon on the right for the full picture. See also their: video clip of a boy in a shopping centre.
- Here is a video clip that illustrates sensory overload produced by the National Autistic Society (NAS).
- This video clip simulates the experience of someone with sensory sensitivity. First it shows a walk with everything well adjusted then repeats the walk simulating the sensitivity.
Autism, anxiety, meltdowns
- What a meltdown feels like. “Why are you freaking out?” “That child having a tantrum just needs some discipline.” “What a brat!” Fifteen people on the Autism Spectrum describe what a meltdown feels like. Click icon for article.
- A young lady puts aside the worry and fear of embarrassment and judgment and tries to explain what lies behind the spectacle that one’s own meltdown creates. See article.
Jim is a cartoon character. ….. He has autism and would like to spread a little awareness. Click icon to see his Facebook page..
Radio 4 has been broadcasting a series of interviews about Autism.
- A conversation with Professor Simon Baron-Cohen was aired on Tue 17th Feb 2015. He is a highly respected authority on autism. Click icon to listen.
- On Tue 24th Feb 2015, an interview with a university research assistant with high-functioning autism was aired. She explained her experience of life with very clearly.
You might still be able to listen to these radio podcasts of these 15 minute programmes.