Autism

BASE (British Association of Supported Employment)’s 11th conference November 2016

Work, health and disability: improving lives The Department of Work & Pensions’ Green Paper was the main topic of the discussion at BASE (British Association of Supported Employment)’s 11th conference attended by Rosemary Trustam. The conference reflected BASE’s unwavering passionate and committed championing of supported employment.…

Autism – a social learning disability?

Michael Baron reviews a lively, opinionated attempt to understand and explain autism. Understanding and Evaluating Autism Theory By Nick Chown                                                                                                                          Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2016) ISBN 978 1 78592 050 9 £ 20 This is an excellent study of theory.…

A funny sad triumph of a memoir

Michael Baron reads John Williams’s compelling story about life with his autistic son – and then gets to meet the author for lunch. My Son’s Not Rainman by John Williams Published by Michael O’Mara Books           2016 ISBN 978-1-78243-388-0   Today I had lunch with a debut author, stand-up comedian, blogger, and parent of a young son with cerebral palsy and autism.…

Exploring the puzzle that is autism

Film-maker Saskia Baron is best known for two ground-breaking documentaries. In 2003 she made The Autism Puzzle, which attempted to shed light on the ‘new phenomenon’ of autism at the height of the MMR vaccine panic. It was partly informed by her experience of growing up with her severely autistic brother Timothy.…

David Munns: star of stage, screen – and shopping mall

Intro: Whether it’s appearing in The Undatables or performing magic tricks on stage or in his local shopping mall, David Munns is equally at home, as he told Seán Kelly “Oh, he‘s marvellous!  I’ve seen him before.  I saw him on the TV.…

Book review – A riveting often witty debut novel

Michael Baron, himself the father of an autistic son, reviews this novel about the dramas of a family struggling to cope with a profoundly disabled boy. Shtum, the Yiddish word for silence, infers and contradicts the very articulate North London setting for this riveting, often witty, colloquial and sad, debut novel.…

Defining a spectrum

Following the birth of his son Timothy in 1956,Michael Geoffrey Baron became a founder member in 1962 of what would become the National Autistic Society. Here he reflects on the early struggles, the huge changes that have come about since, and the challenges that face a new generation of parents in tough times.…

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