Some of my Favourite Links
- Something about us
is a short film (approx. 20 mins, in 2 parts) that consists of
segements created by different autistic individuals from a variety of
'walks of life' who have things they want the world to know about
autism. It's message is positive, timely, very important and should be
veiwed by all interested in our point of view. I hope you enjoy
watching this beautifully crafted contribution to the broadening of
understanding that our autism gives us. We want you to recognise our
strengths, not just our weaknesses and build upon these. It's time the
- Socialeyes is a
particular package focussed on social issues and how to note &
practice helpful ideas for us as autistic adults. It has been created
with the input of 5 autistic adults. Our stories, reasoning and honesty
make this package accessable, real and worthwhile. This is not a
typical training package that lacks the understanding from our point of
view... it is quite different to anything else on the market. The
National Autistic Society team, who worked with us in the making of
these materials, listened to us and valued our individuality, life
experience and the gifts we bring to share. I recommend Socialeyes to
any individual who wants to learn more about themselves, about others
and about how to connect to the social world in a meaning and positive
- So often people tell us, as autistic people, what we
can't do, can't be or can't achieve. The I CAN network helps young
autistic people view life from a different perspective; one that focuses
upon what they can do, can be and can achieve!
One day, 'I CAN' will commonly be our mantra... till then, we can focus
our thoughts and energies into making I CAN our reality.
have used Irlen lenses for many years and recommend them. Ayla writes:
"I am writing to thank you for one of the talks you gave recently. You
explained about your glasses. I was initially not sure
because I like to know the science behind things, but I looked up
Irlen lenses and found a company called Cerium
in the UK. Anyway, I digress, since then I got tested and have a
pair of prescription tinted lenses which are truly brilliant, I
am sooooo pleased with them, they are awesome, I am getting a
second pair made too. So I want to thank you so much for your
talk and all the information in it. Without hearing you
speak I would never have heard about coloured lenses, so a million
thank yous for making a difference".
- The National Autism Standards for the UK
are full of useful info & resources for the school community.
Whether you are new to autism or well aquainted, these 'standards'...
testimonials, opinions and general information, are so relevant in
todays age. They speak to families, schools, professional bodies
and the lay person who might be interested. School life is throught
with difficulty, but, if we can make it that little bit easier and much
more accessible, it's worth its weight in gold!
- The Early Days workshops
are an intiative of the Australian Government and they organise the
workshops to come to the families in their local community. There
are also on-line workshops and these are really helpful. Understanding
our family members on the autism spectrum and helping them to
understand us is a huge part of the solution when it comes to stress
reduction. Accessing resources and finding support from others is
another aspect to aid parental & family stress reduction.
- Hacking Autism
is technology for kids that offers free and for purchase apps that help
kids communicate and express themselves.. really cool stuff.
- I purchased a Watchminder 3
to try out. It's a watch that can be programed to remind you of basic
things you need to do.... great for many of us as autistic folk or
ADHD.Yesterday it reminded me that I needed to calm down.... it also reminded me to visit my mother!
- Panthera Cards have produced a really useful set of alert cards. Similar cards are also available in the UK from the National Autistic Society
have created jackets that apply a gentle hug, like pressure to your
upper body. I reckon these products will reduce the anxiety for so many
people and increase our quality of life, thanks guys!
- My friend Jo Adkins in New Zealand has written some great books on toileting and communication. Her latest book is on Maths.
- A really good article on Gender Dysphoria from the Good Schools Guide
- The Carson Street School has some terrific free resources.
- Cartwheel Education
have begun a campaign to encourage people to give their old iPhone's
and iPod Touch's to students on the Autism Spectrum. This is a great
idea which I wholeheartedl support.
- AI (autistic intellegence)
is now live. AI hosts a group of individuals who want to share their
expertise about autistic intellegence with the world. We have lots to
share and invite you to check us out!
- Rudy Simone is a good friend of mine and has a great website.
- Zaffy Simone has a great facebook page.
- I take Low dose Naltrexone every night and since doing so have
noticed a general sense of increased well being; less attacks from collitis and reduced inflamation in my joints.
- Tony Attwood is a great conference speaker and authority on Asperger Syndrome.
is a great site that Zaffino, my artist friend, hosts. Zaffino is autistic
and has a unique way of expressing emotive states, like sensory over
load, in his cartoon art work.
- The ASC Good Practice Guide
- Josh Muggleton is a
talented young man with Asperger's Syndrome, and a great conference
speaker and good friend of mine. The Channel 4 YearDot series,
now on YouTube covering his transition to university are well
worth seeing. Episode 8 and Episode 16.
- Robyn Steward is a gifted young woman with Asperger's Syndrome who offers training and mentoring.
- The Autreach IT Project
aims to promote ICT training within care establishments, particularly
those specialising in autism. I passionately believe that this will
empower vulnerable communities and I am proud to be a Trustee of this
- I'm more & more excited about the potential for our kids & adults to access 'conversation' via iPodtouch & Proloquo2GO or texting via mobile phones, typing or using text to speech on the computer etc. This technology
is opening up new terrotory to autistic individuals that previously was
out of reach. It gives them a real hope for their future!
- Temple Grandin's Home Page. Being autistic doesn't mean 'being without a future'... as Temple Grandin's life clearly demonstrates.
- Laurens Creed is the title of Dianne Winbanks inspiring story of raising a child with autism.
- Shelly Cline is the parent of a child with Asperger Syndrome and has an interesting site.
- WOTSNormal is a series of books I have read which I think are very useful.
- Autism Training
is a free online AS training program & I think it's quite good. I
don't agree with everything but the gist is great, especially for
building understanding between school & home. Teachers should know
that they can access understanding and strategies by working through
this website's on-line course(s).
- This is one family's story. It is not
connnected to autism but it is connected to the values and ideas behind
being family and facing the difficulties of bureaucracy, system
failure, and frustration. It is a life and death story - One that will
make you laugh and make you cry. It could be your story or my story.
The overriding feeling and experience I had when I first read this
story was one of "what courage and committment. I hope I have the guts
and stamina to cope, should such circumstances ever come my direction".
This story warmed my heart, made me feel angry at the injustice and
endeared me to my special caravan friends and family that I have the
good fortune to share it with. I hope you will have the time to read
- These videos
offer a different perspective on autism in the face of a rising
media-hyped tide of fear, self-pity, and talk of suffering. It helps to
support a positive image of autistic kids as human beings who love and
- Dannie's Dilemma is a series of books that look really helpful, and is written by the parent of a child with Asperger's Syndrome.
- Emotional Resilience & Well being Programme (FRIENDS) is designed for
children and young people with ASD in Redcar and
- Homes Caring for Autism Ltd
run community integrated care homes in the South West UK. I say: "You
guys are just great. People with Autism need your sort of service." "We
could do with your service in Australia." "It's nice to meet people who
are willing to use my knowledge."
- Autism For Psychologists
is worth reading because it is written by an individual with ASD who
might represent others with ASD who feel that the professional world
isn't listening to them.
- Autistic People Against Neuroleptic Abuse
is an organisation of which I am proud to be the patron of. It explains
why I am concerned about the prescribing of many drugs that can do us a
lot of harm. There is also an interview there with me.
- Autism Solutions Incorporated are based in Western Australia and are doing a great job of supporting families of children with ASD's.
- Autism and Computing is a not-for-profit group. Its aim is to explore ways of helping people with autism to lead fulfilling lives. The Potions and Pills article is definitely recommended reading.
- Helping To Grow has software and teaching tips for parents of children with learning delays and difficulties.
- Cassandra Leuthold is a remarkable college bowler who says having Asperger's syndrome helps her concentrate when it matters most. Watch the video.
- Eric Chen is an autistic who has entered the human world now guides people to experience the world of autism.
- The Autism Research Program At The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
has been running a series of collaboratives project looking at brain
development in people with autism. They have already made some
- Autism and Asperger's Support Group Inc. is a parent support group in New South Wales. If you live in the area, look them up!
- Here are some good places for Australians with AS to chat:
- I have been extremely moved by the Getting The Truth Out website.
- John & Sarah have supported me for over 17 years. I'm
delighted to support their new home stay English language
skills program available on the Isle of Wight.
And when I'm away from home and start getting homesick....
Warrnambool on the Web - my home community near Melbourne Australia.
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