The A Word Review

The return of the BBC drama ‘The A Word’ has been welcomed by many. The series focuses on a family who, in the first series, received a diagnosis of autism for their son, Joe, and showed the reaction of the family and community while beginning to explore the challenges of accepting the diagnosis. In the […]

A Lonely Society

Listening to Lucy Hurst Brown on ‘A Lonely Society’ (originally aired on Radio 4, available on BBC iPlayer) was a poignant reminder of how far we, as a society, still must come towards true integration of all. Hurst Brown reflected on her life’s work – helping to move people out of institutions into supported living […]

Neurotribes by Steve Silberman

In our new review series, we will be looking at inspirational reading for those who live or work with anyone with autism or a learning difficulty. Our second book, Neurotribes by Steve Silberman, is an impressive and wide-reaching book, tracing the history of autism in depth and with a humanity that led him to being […]

Special Olympics National Summer Games

The 10th Special Olympics National Summer Games will take place in Sheffield across a number of sporting venues between 7-12 August 2017. This event is the country’s largest multi-sports competition for athletes with learning disabilities. Around 2,600 athletes of all ages and abilities from across the country will come together to compete in 19 sports. […]

Book Review – Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight by Naoki Higashida

In our new review series, we will be looking at recommended reading for those who live or work with anyone with autism or a learning difficulty. Our first book, Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight is Naoki Higashida’s second memoir providing an insight into the world of a young adult with non-verbal autism. “Illumination […]