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      Depression, Mental Health and Crisis Support   Depression and other mental health difficulties are common amongst people on the autistic spectrum and their carers.   People who are affected by general mental health difficulties are encouraged to receive and share information, support and advice with other forum members, though it is important to point out that this exchange of information is generally based on personal experience and opinions, and is not a substitute for professional medical help.   There is a list of sources of mental health support here: <a href="http://www.asd-forum.org.uk/forum/index.php?showtopic=18801" target="_blank">Mental Health Resources link</a>   People may experience a more serious crisis with their mental health and need urgent medical assistance and advice. However well intentioned, this is not an area of support that the forum can or should be attempting to offer and we would urge members who are feeling at risk of self-harm or suicide to contact either their own GP/health centre, or if out of hours contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or to call emergency services 999.   We want to reassure members that they have our full support in offering and seeking advice and information on general mental health issues. Members asking for information in order to help a person in their care are seeking to empower both themselves and those they represent, and we would naturally welcome any such dialogue on the forum.   However, any posts which are deemed to contain inference of personal intent to self-harm and/or suicide will be removed from the forum and that person will be contacted via the pm system with advice on where to seek appropriate help.   In addition to the post being removed, if a forum member is deemed to indicate an immediate risk to themselves, and are unable to be contacted via the pm system, the moderating team will take steps to ensure that person's safety. This may involve breaking previous confidentiality agreements and/or contacting the emergency services on that person's behalf.   Sometimes posts referring to self-harm do not indicate an immediate risk, but they may contain material which others find inappropriate or distressing. This type of post will also be removed from the public forum at the moderator's/administrator's discretion, considering the forum user base as a whole.   If any member receives a PM indicating an immediate risk and is not in a position (or does not want) to intervene, they should forward the PM to the moderating team, who will deal with the disclosure in accordance with the above guidelines.   We trust all members will appreciate the reasoning behind these guidelines, and our intention to urge any member struggling with suicidal feelings to seek and receive approproiate support from trained and experienced professional resources.   The forum guidelines have been updated to reflect the above.   Regards,   The mod/admin team


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  1. BBC Chris Packham - Aspergers and me

    The bit about him being in a relationship with a zookeeper surprised me a bit, because I'd seen him quoted in press releases by the Captive Animals Protection Society (who are anti-zoos). Then again, just because he gives them the odd soundbite doesn't mean he buys into their entire philosophy. It's a bit like Martina Navratilova lending her support to PeTA's anti-fur campaign whilst turning a blind eye to their blanket opposition to animal experimentation ("Even if it led to a cure for Aids, we'd still be against it"). Here's a rather provocative piece by Chris in his capacity as a zookeeper's significant other: Why killing Marius the giraffe was justified - even though it's a PR disaster
  2. He was fired from Google for arguing that men may be more suited to working in tech than women. Now James Damore opens up about his regrets – and how autism may have shaped his experience of the world "I see things differently": James Damore on his autism and the Google memo
  3. Sorry if I sound cynical, but when I read this supposedly heartwarming story I had a bad feeling about it: Sister asks the internet to help celebrate her autistic brother's 21st birthday Remember Craig Shergold?
  4. They now have an office in London: Want to solve the trickiest problems in the workplace? Employ more autistic people
  5. When German software giant SAP said [in May 2013] it plans to employ hundreds of autistic people as IT experts, the news was welcomed especially at a small Berlin computer consulting firm. The pioneering company, Auticon, already employs 17 people who live with autism, the disorder characterised by difficulties with social interactions and exceptional abilities in specific fields. "Many people say that if a company like SAP said it makes sense ... it's very good for us," said its chief Dirk Mueller-Remus. "That means it's something serious, solid." SAP, which makes business software, said in May that after pilot projects in India and Ireland, it plans to employ hundreds of people with autism as software testers and programmers. Its goal is that by 2020, people with autism will make up one per cent of its worldwide workforce of 65,000. Mueller-Remus created his far smaller company in November 2011 with the idea of "investing in the strengths" of these potential employees. His son was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a variant of autism, as a teenager, and Mueller-Remus has long known that many people with autism excel in fields like programming or quality control. "This is my talent," one of the employees, 27-year-old Melanie Altrock, stated matter of factly, sitting at her screen in a white-walled, modern top-floor office in western Berlin. "Other people are interested in languages or math, for me it's computers. I don't just search for errors, I see them." Auticon now has 25 staff and offices in Berlin, Munich and Dusseldorf, with plans for another in Hamburg. It looks to break even "by the end of the year", said Mueller-Remus. "We wanted a normal consulting company, without subsidies, without donations, without funding from a foundation," he said, adding that the aim was to "combine social commitment and business". "Today, after a little over a year, we have good customers like Vodafone, it's looking good," said Mueller-Remus. But he also emphasised that working with autistic people can be "a very complex issue". "We can make many mistakes because people with Asperger are very demanding people," he said. "People with autism are very concrete, unequivocal," added Elke Seng, a "job coach" at Auticon who assists the employees in their relationships at work and with clients. "There is no innuendo, there is only one or zero. It's rather nice," she smiled. Friedrich Nolte, board member of the Federal Association for the Development of People with Autism, said "only five to 10 per cent of people affected by autism find a place on the regular job market". Mueller-Remus said that "their CVs often have brief episodes of work interspersed with long interruptions". Often people with autism "have no situational awareness, may seem arrogant, have no interest in small talk, and are not interested in people because people are not logical," he said. All of this can give rise to misunderstandings with sometimes serious consequences, he said. In this context, the SAP initiative was widely applauded at the small company. "That more people with autism can access a job is simply fantastic," said Seng, who confessed she finds her work "fascinating". An autism specialist, psychiatrist Kai Vogeley of Cologne University Hospital, told a German medical journal that people with autism who work can "develop confidence in themselves". He cautioned however that "certain conditions must be met for this to succeed". "I hope that SAP knows how difficult it is," said Mueller-Remus. "If things are done well, you can really achieve great results." Altrock, the autistic programmer, agreed. "I have a full-time job, I take pleasure in it, I earn my own money and I have my own apartment," she said. "I'm glad it's like that."
  6. Recently opened in Grassmoor nr Chesterfield in Derbyshire... http://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/video-cat-cafe-is-the-purr-fect-place-to-unwind-1-8422025
  7. "Cat café" offers free sessions for autistics

    In Japan there's even one on a train! Passengers enjoy Japan's first cat café on a moving train
  8. Awarded PIP

    I've been turned down. This is what the DWP said in their letter under the My decision heading:As your needs vary, my decision is based on the help you need most days. You said you can manage taking nutrition, managing therapy or monitoring a health condition, washing and bathing, managing toilet needs or incontinence, dressing and undressing, communicating verbally and reading and understanding signs, symbols and words. I agree you can manage these activities. You said you have difficulties preparing food, engaging with other people face to face and making budgeting decisions. I decide you can prepare and cook a simple meal unaided, engage with other people unaided and make complex budgeting decisions unaided. You said you can manage moving around. I agree you can manage this activity. You said you have difficulty planning and following journeys. I decided you can plan and follow the route of a journey unaided. At your recent consultation you appeared tense however your mood was stable. You were able to effectively engage with your assessor and establish eye contact with them. You demonstrated good long and short term memory and appeared to have insight into your condition. You demonstrated good cognition and were able to give detailed answers to the questions asked. This is consistent with informal observations at your face to face consultation, how you engaged with the assessor and your mental state examination results.
  9. Former altar boy facing years in jail for planting home-made bomb on Tube train A weapons-obsessed student is facing years behind bars for planting a home-made bomb on a busy Tube train. Former altar boy Damon Smith built the device at home with a £2 clock from Tesco after finding an online al Qaida article entitled Make A Bomb In The Kitchen Of Your Mom. Smith, 20, claimed it was a hoax but was found guilty of possession of an explosive substance with intent following a trial at the Old Bailey. The autistic defendant, who smiled in the dock, will be sentenced by Judge Richard Marks QC later. On the morning of October 20 last year, Smith, then aged 19, packed a rucksack with explosives and deadly ball-bearing shrapnel as he headed to college in Holloway, north London. He was caught on CCTV as he travelled on the Jubilee Line, casually flicking through a text book before getting off and leaving the bomb on the floor, timed to go off within minutes. At least 10 passengers were in the carriage at the time and some of them spotted the abandoned rucksack and alerted the driver. The driver at first dismissed it as lost property and took it into his cab and carried on towards North Greenwich, jurors were told. During the journey, he spotted wires coming out of the bag and raised the alarm as he pulled into the station. Had Smith's bomb worked, it would have exploded just as commuters were being ordered off the platform, the jury heard. The defendant went on to college and, on returning home in the evening, checked the internet for news of what he had done. Upon his arrest by counter-terrorism officers, Smith admitted making the bomb but claimed he only meant it to spew harmless smoke as a Halloween joke. He told police he had been inspired from watching someone on a YouTube channel called Trollstation doing a bomb prank. A search of Smith's home in Rotherhithe, south London, revealed his fixation with guns, explosives and other weapons. Police seized a blank-firing self-loading pistol and a BB gun, both bought legally, as well as a knuckleduster and a knife which he showed off in an online video. Police also uncovered torn-off scraps of shredded paper with bomb-making instructions on it and a "shopping list" of components. Smith told police he was interested in Islam but denied being an extremist even though he posed next to an image of the Brussels-born Islamic terrorist alleged to have masterminded the attacks in Paris in November 2015 In his defence, extracts of a psychiatric report were read out confirming an autism spectrum disorder. He had been interested in bomb-making since the age of 10 and said it was "something to do when he was bored". Smith, who grew up living with his mother in Newton Abbot, Devon, said he had thought about putting a bomb in a park but decided it would be "more funny" to delay train passengers. Original link: http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/05/25/former-altar-boy-facing-years-in-jail-for-planting-home-made-bom/
  10. I wasn't diagnosed until after I completed full-time education; does that count?
  11. It's worrying to think that he could end up a more hardened criminal after spending time in jail.
  12. What's everyone listening to?

    Merle Haggard, Mama Tried
  13. What's everyone listening to?

    Texas, In Demand And yes, that really is Alan Rickman in the video. Lucky, lucky Sharleen Spiteri!
  14. Call for Proposals for Autscape 2017

    Tomorrow is the closing date to book places as a day visitor at Autscape, but they haven't finalised the schedule yet. How rubbish is that?
  15. What's everyone listening to?

    Soundgarden at Lollapalooza Chile 2014
  16. This issue (July) will be the last paper edition of Asperger United. Thereafter it will only be available as an online edition. Thoughts anyone? Will the paper edition be missed?
  17. reasons to smile and be happy.

    The ponds have even featured on the Radio 4 programme Open Country: Hampstead Heath Ponds
  18. How many GCSEs?

    Isn't Young Enterprise meant to cover this? My school was well into YE and in my younger years I was interested in getting involved, or perhaps it would be more true to say I was curious to find out how people went from a concept to running a business. But then late in Year 11 a pupil from the year above gave us the lowdown on what it was really like and I was put right off. She said, IIRC, "You spend the best part of the beginning of the autumn term arguing about what the product is going to be - you discover who your real friends are." (Emphasis added.) I had a suspicion it would be like playing rounders. That is, the most popular people snap up the most rewarding positions whereas I'd get the equivalent of deep-fielder where I'd have ######-all to do most of the time but would still be expected to attend every meeting (and get yelled at if I failed to respond to something coming my way).
  19. What's your secret? Aeolienne, aged 42, single, only ever had one relationship
  20. Hobbies

    My interests are Baroque music, recorder playing, practical conservation, reading (fiction, astronomy, environmental issues) and visiting art exhibitions.
  21. The New Idealist Magazine

    And here's the result... Issue 6 The Autism Issue
  22. Should the NAS get out of AS and HFA?

    No-one actually explains what CMT stands for.
  23. Governmental guidance on ASD for GPs

    Is the hospital passport related to the disability passport?