Artist impression of neurons communicating in the brain.
A new technology has enabled neuroscientists to examine the chemistry of individual brain cells. The finding reveal how genes are regulated differently in brain cells of people with autism compared to neurotypical people.
Autistic and artistic, you can be both.
‘Relationships are the foundation of everything I do as a school administrator,’ one principal told researchers.
A six-province study of principals finds those who prioritize spending time boosting staff report high levels of effectiveness supporting inclusive schools.
Our societies would be kinder and better places overall if we considered what we can and do learn from autism.
A medical model tends to see disability as an individual impairment, but disability — including autism — is part of all of our precarious, precious lives.
Mainstream schools aren’t always suitable for children with autism.
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Parents of autistic children in Wales face a choice between English-medium specialist education or Welsh-medium mainstream education.
Early intervention could make a difference. Here, protestors gather at Queen’s Park in Toronto on March 7, 2019 to protest changes to Ontario’s autism program.
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An inclusive education researcher says the government's consolation plan to boost school funding for autism services with no investment in early childhood education flies in the face of evidence.
This is just one example of how being 'different' can lead to being treated differently.
There are lots of losers in Doug Ford’s Ontario. Who are the winners?
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The very short list of winners, and a growing list of losers, in Doug Ford’s Ontario does not bode well for the government’s political future -- or the province.
In 2016, parents protested the previous Ontario Liberal government’s decision to cut therapy for autistic children aged five and older. Moves by Ontario’s Conservative government have also raised concerns.
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An autism policy researcher and the mother of an affected child weighs in on the recent changes announced to the Ontario Autism Program.
In his new book The Rosie Result, author Graeme Simsion is not afraid to confront many of the issues surrounding perceptions of autism.
The final instalment to the Rosie Project trilogy points to greater awareness about neurological differences such as autism.
Britain’s education system doesn't know what to do about children with autism.
Parents may need to play the advocate for their child, especially if their child has a disability which affects their ability to communicate.
It's important for the child and their achievement at school that there is a good parent-teacher-student partnership.
Some Harry Potter fans have taken to penning their own stories set in the world of Hogwarts.
The Harry Potter universe has become a popular setting for stories featuring autistic characters, written by young writers eager to tackle a complex topic.
This study found children with autism could be effectively supported in mainstream childcare.
A recent study has shown educators can include and teach children on the spectrum in mainstream childcare, alongside their non-autistic peers.
Early intervention can help children with autism to develop their communication skills.
Unlike Australia, New Zealand doesn't fund early intervention therapy for autistic children, but there are programmes pre-school teachers and parents can use to help kids develop.
Two theories on autism and sex differences are confirmed in half a million people.
It takes all sorts: workplaces can harness as strengths the differences that usually disadvantage people with autism.
Wanting to change a person’s autistic behaviours is like attempting to correct left-handedness or sexual preference. The modern workplace should see strength in difference.
You can’t test for autism with a simple blood test or scan, which can make the diagnostic process difficult and dependent on the skill and experience of the clinician.
Current rules about who meets the eligibility criteria for autism support services are patchy and inconsistent, meaning those with the greatest need don't necessarily have the greatest access.
Approximately 11 per cent of Canadian mothers report consuming alcohol during pregnancy, which can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in their children.
With an estimated prevalence of four per cent, fetal alcohol syndrome disorder (FASD) is more common than autism. And yet is it surrounded by myth and stigma.
Autism doesn't have to be viewed as a disability or disorder.