It took me 32 years to get a diagnosis. Why is autism in girls still overlooked?

Carly is an Autism advocate, filmmaker and speaker. She wasn’t diagnosed with autism until she was 32, after two of her daughters were diagnosed. She found it a battle to get a diagnosis and started to notice a lack of understanding and resources when it came to autism and girls. In this blog Carly shares her journey and talks about why we need to … Continue reading It took me 32 years to get a diagnosis. Why is autism in girls still overlooked?

I used to hide my autism from employers, now I see it as a positive – End the Awkward

Felix took part in First Impressions, First Experiences, a pre-employment course for young disabled jobseekers. Since then he’s been working hard to reach his goals and he’s passionate about changing employers’ attitudes towards disability.  For End the Awkward, Felix talks about how he learned to see disability in a positive light and why employers need to do the same. … Continue reading I used to hide my autism from employers, now I see it as a positive – End the Awkward

My role on Holby City helps change attitudes about autism – Jules

This story is part of 30 Under 30.   Jules is an actor and a regular on Holby City. He also happens to have Asperger syndrome, which is a form of autism. As part of 30 Under 30, we chatted to him about acting, attitudes and how Access All Areas helped him break into the industry. My … Continue reading My role on Holby City helps change attitudes about autism – Jules

“Autism doesn’t stop me from enjoying life” – National Siblings Day

It’s National Siblings Day on Sunday so we chatted to Joe, who has autism, and his sisters Charlie and Lauren. In this blog they talk about growing up together, their achievements and how their lives have been shaped by autism. Joe I live in Much Hadham with my parents and my sister Lauren. My hobbies … Continue reading “Autism doesn’t stop me from enjoying life” – National Siblings Day

“I’m auty, not naughty!” – World Autism Awareness Day

Sarah’s daughter Florence has autism and sensory processing disorder. This World Autism Awareness Day, Sarah talks to us about what the day means to her and her hopes and fears for the future. We went out for lunch a couple of days ago and the food was taking ages to come out. I was noticing the … Continue reading “I’m auty, not naughty!” – World Autism Awareness Day

What does autism mean to you? – #AutismIs

Today’s World Autism Awareness Day. Ambitious about Autism are marking the day by asking people to share what autism is to them (using #AutismIs). Sarah Pounder, who’s written about the realities of bringing a child up with severe autistic spectrum disorder, has written a guest post for us about what autism means to her: My son James … Continue reading What does autism mean to you? – #AutismIs

My Brother is an Astronaut – a story book to explain Autism to young children

Guest blog from Michelle Rundle. Michelle is an occupational therapist who supports disabled children and their families. She has previously written a book for Scope with a parent called Haylee’s Friends and has now written a new book called My Brother is an Astronaut. About this time last year, Haylee’s Friends was launched by Scope. It is a story to … Continue reading My Brother is an Astronaut – a story book to explain Autism to young children

‘I was so stressed about my son’s autism that my hair fell out’

Heather was struggling to find the support she needed for her son Nicholas and was under a huge amount of stress, then she posted a message online asking other parents for help, and a woman called Jane got in touch. New research from Scope just found that two-thirds of parents have had difficulty getting the … Continue reading ‘I was so stressed about my son’s autism that my hair fell out’

Writer Shaun Pye on exploring issues that affect many parents of disabled children, for BBC’s There She Goes

Shaun Pye is the writer of BBC4’s ‘There She Goes’, and is the dad of a 12-year-old girl with a chromosomal disorder. In this blog, Shaun writes about exploring issues that affect many parents of disabled children, like him – and why now is the time to join our campaign to make life better for … Continue reading Writer Shaun Pye on exploring issues that affect many parents of disabled children, for BBC’s There She Goes