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December 28, 2017

I spent a lot of time thinking about what to write about for my last blog post in 2017.  So much has happened in PALS Society, I have learnt so much working with talented young people with autism, and talking to a host of wonderful people who work in the field of autis...

November 6, 2017

Despite huge resources in the scientific research world being pumped into finding a ‘cause’ and 'cure' for Autism, they are no closer to their goal. 

Which makes me wonder whether they are asking the right question.

Tony Attwood, a leading voice in the world of autism,...

November 2, 2017

I have spent a lot of time talking about the problem - a mismatch between learning style and teaching can lead to incredible difficulties for the learners (and I understand that it isn't plain sailing for the teachers either).

Now I want to start thinking about how this...

June 29, 2017

I'm trying to develop a picture that sums up the current journey into employment for PALS in contrast to the mainstream journey.  I will call this the PALS stream.

According to government statistics released by the House of Commons library, approximately 11% of you...

June 4, 2017

I recently attended a brilliant event hosted by Business In The Community in London (where-else?)

It was billed, and turned out to be, a celebration of how BITC's members are giving-back to their communities and helping charities and social enterprises (SE).  The attend...

May 27, 2017

I am a massive advocate for people with autism and am a parent of a young man on the spectrum.  I am also a huge supporter of the National Autistic Society and its current campaigns to raise understanding of what it is like to be autistic with some fantastic videos tha...

May 27, 2017

Why do I believe that social exclusion is an action (person A excludes person B, as opposed to person B choosing to be excluded)?

Mainly because no child sets out to be excluded.  A lot of children prefer their own company and to work alone rather than in groups, but th...

April 28, 2017

It was the first week  in 'big school'. Everyone was nervous.  Some hopelessly lost. Others reveling in the new freedoms. Everyone had suddenly changed from being the 'top dogs' to being the youngest.  It was exciting and yet somehow terrifying.

Teachers and t...