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  2. Seen online an article on AuDHD (where someone is on the autistic spectrum and also has ADHD) called "What is AuDHD? 5 important things to know when someone has both autism and ADHD": https://theconversation.com/what-is-audhd-5-important-things-to-know-when-someone-has-both-autism-and-adhd-233095
  3. I was going to look at these and have seen that the General Election means that the petitions website and all active petitions were closed, as per this Parliament Petitions Committee FAQ page.
  4. Seen on BBC wewb site "'Playing an autistic character helped me unmask myself' Comedian Ashley Storrie has revealed playing an autistic character in her first lead acting role helped her to become more open about her own challenges. Ashley plays Nina a neurodiverse palaeontologist in Dinosaur, a comedy drama set to air on BBC Scotland on 14 April. The six-part series follows Nina and her family in the lead up to her sister Evie’s impromptu wedding. Ashley, who has autism, said the role enabled her to “unmask” in real life. ... ": https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c19xxxjgy4ro You can watch Dinosaur on the BBC Scotland Channel on 14 April at 22:30 or on BBC Three on 16 April at 22:30. Programme web site: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001ybcl
  5. Some Autism and neurodiversity petitions currently open on the UK Government website: "Increase funding to reduce the waiting times for Autism Diagnoses" https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/655479 "Ensure that benefit assessors are trained in autism" https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/656656 "Review police training around personality disorders, autism and adhd" https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/656351 "Fund more services to support adults with autism and mental health issues" https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/649257 "Provide dedicated funding for community residential services for Autistic people" https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/648053 "Require all school and college staff to attend Neurodiversity training" https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/656407 "Provide Funding for Neurodiversity Diagnostic Assessments in State Schools" https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/652118
  6. A recent publication from the The National Autistic Taskforce, titled "Recognising Behaviour as Distress in Practice – a discussion paper": https://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/resources/documents/Developing-your-workforce/Care-topics/Supporting-people-with-challenging-or-distressed/NAT-and-SfC-Recognising-Behaviour-as-Distress-in-Practice-discussion-paper.pdf
  7. Aut_Scot

    AutNav app

    Seen on the "Scottish Autism" website an article about an app called "AutNav": "Scottish Autism in partnership with the National Autistic Taskforce are delighted to showcase our new AutNav app, specifically created for autistic people. The app has been developed in line with the vision of the late Dr Dinah Murray, who was passionate about supporting the rights of autistic people with profound communication difficulties, often supported in long-term residential care, and saw AutNav as a method to enable people to communicate their interests, and interact with friends and wider family. ... ". Link: https://www.scottishautism.org/services-support/autnav
  8. Article seen online; "Reading and being Autistic As part of our series on reading identity, PhD researcher Charlotte Webber shares her insights and experiences of reading as an Autistic person. ... ": https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/articles/reading-and-being-autistic
  9. Seen on the BBC website - "Caragh McMurtry: Great Britain rower's neurodiversity journey ... By changing the environment around her, rather than her own brain chemistry, McMurtry found the freedom to exist and perform unhindered. Together with the panel, she drew up a three-point plan. The team nutritionist was asked to provide McMurtry with bland food, as highly flavoured or spiced options were overwhelming. The coaches were asked to avoid asking her open-ended questions in the morning and to provide a sum-up at the end of team briefings to ensure they had been understood. ... ": https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rowing/68554234
  10. The one at Home Street? Yeah. I think so.
  11. Article on BBC web site titled "Autistic people held back by job interview questions - report Ambiguous interview questions and application forms are keeping autistic people out of work, a report has found. While 53.6% of all disabled people are in work, only 30% of autistic people are, the latest official figures show. One autistic person told BBC News having more tick-boxes in applications might help him to land an interview. The government has urged employers to "get behind" all recommendations set out in Sir Robert Buckland's report on autism in the workplace. ... " https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-68381352 Link to Sir Robert Buckland's report: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-buckland-review-of-autism-employment-report-and-recommendations/the-buckland-review-of-autism-employment-report-and-recommendations
  12. Some Autism news stories from the BBC web site: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cwlw3xz045jt
  13. The film "Meet You in Scotland" gets mixed reviews here: https://letterboxd.com/film/meet-you-in-scotland/ If it is on at the cinema, I'll maybe go and see it. Is the Edinburgh Filmhouse cinema still operating?
  14. It's really quiet on this forum now.
  15. I wear glasses, so can you spot me sitting down? Screen_Recording_20240212_181053_Video_Player.mp4
  16. There is a radio series by neurodiverse comedian Ashley Storrie called "What's the Story, Ashley Storrie?" it is on Radio 4 on Wednesday at 23:00 hrs on Radio 4, for more information see the link below: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001vtn5
  17. Thank you and a happy, healthy, prosperous and successfull New Year to you and all other users of this forum.
  18. Two online articles on the use of artificial intelligence to help diagnose autism: "A Hidden Pattern in Children's Eyes Can Reveal if They Have Autism": https://www.sciencealert.com/a-hidden-pattern-in-childrens-eyes-can-reveal-if-they-have-autism "Can Artificial Intelligence Detect Autism?": https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/the-science-of-autism/202312/can-artificial-intelligence-detect-autism
  19. Seen on BBC web site "My autistic self": https://www.bbc.co.uk/ideas/playlists/my-autistic-self Four short video clipsabout people on the autistic spectrum.
  20. Gold MD

    Welp...

    That's virtually all the gaming forums I go on, practically dead. Nobody responds to my threads that often anymore. This isn't really a recent revelation either. It has been this way for years now. I see no point in doing it anymore. I have actually been pointing that out for years, in fact. So with the exception of offering my feedback for the new Silent Hill streaming series, that's it as far as forums talk is concerned. I'm pretty much throwing in the towel now. I also cannot be arsed with that nutball following me about either, so I think it's time to get entirely new screen-names online. It's sad. However, that's just how the web is in 2023.
  21. Seen online article titled "Greta Thunberg is far from the only neurodivergent climate activist – many who see the world differently also want to change it": https://theconversation.com/greta-thunberg-is-far-from-the-only-neurodivergent-climate-activist-many-who-see-the-world-differently-also-want-to-change-it-210492 The article contains a section about Autistic traits and activism.
  22. There are some more autism related petitions on the UK Government and Parliament petitions website, including: "Fund an autism awareness campaign The Government should fund an awareness campaign to help people understand autism. In particular it should help people understand how to better approach people with autism and cope/ spread awareness of their mannerisms and how they express their emotions. More details Because I personally have autism and I struggle to express my emotions properly. As a result, it has caused arguments and I don't feel it’s right that me or anyone else with autism should be made to feel bad for something they can't control. ": https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/644986 "Review treatment of neurodiverse prisoners Neurodiverse prisoners can be extremely vulnerable in prison settings and in too many cases we believe they are not being treated fairly or having their needs met. This staff having no understating of the needs of neurodiverse people, and neurodiverse prisoners being punished unfairly. More details We want the Government to review treatment of neurodiverse prisoners, to identify any issues with how neurodiverse prisoners are treated at present, and consider reforms that would ensure that all neurodiverse prisoners are treated fairly and have their needs met. ": https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/643253
  23. I wasn't good at learning a second language at school. I had to resit my o grade French but passed all my other o grades first time. I couldn't access an online video or transcript of Bérengère Digard's presentation. But here is a link to some of the researchers publications: https://www.research.ed.ac.uk/en/persons/berengere-digard
  24. This description of one of the events at the recent British Science Festival got me thinking (emphasis added): Autistic people & the languages nobody knows they speak Did you know that half the world’s population is bilingual? However, reports have shown that many autistic people are prevented from learning another language because of misconceptions that it will be “too much” for them. This is denying them access to multiple skills and opportunities, and the chance to enjoy the thinking skills and social benefits of bilingualism. In this year’s Social Sciences Award Lecture, Bérengère Digard from the University of Edinburgh explains why these misconceptions are incorrect. Bérengère will share how being bilingual has helped many of the autistic people she works with, shaping their thinking skills and challenging the current theories of autism. Original link Is this really true?
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