...My only sibling, my sister Mererid, who’s 40 and a paediatric physiotherapist, has two children – Alby, aged ten, and Lenny, seven. They’re the most special people in my life. Alby is autistic which means he’s different, that’s all, and my best friend Sion also has an autistic nephew, Twm.
About two years ago we set up the charity Nai – the Welsh word for nephew – to help parents of autistic children.
Mererid’s such a Strictly fan that when I was on it in 2007 she used to dress Alby in a sparkly outfit to match mine each Saturday...
Hello people, what are everybodies favourite or worst films related to autism? and why?
and what are peoples general thoughts of how autism has been or is portrayed in the media? is there a certain preference the media have?
I'm interested in peoples thoughts on the medias impact on how the general population view autism. As the media plays a massive role in collective mindsets I wonder if and how any of these 'favourite or worst' movies have impacted that.
and what about the news? aghhh I could go on all day.
Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning. By Mitch Albom, Tuesdays With Morrie
...Hopkins has a daughter with autistic spectrum disorder (“She would describe me in facts: ‘My mum has a big nose; doesn’t wear pants; walks around the house naked’”) and Hopkins thinks she too may have traits of the condition...
I find the human tendency to label and categorize things interesting---the labeling and categorization of other people specifically. Sometimes it's practical---we do it naturally, subconsciously or consciously, all the time; it helps us to make sense of and create order and comfort in our lives. But it can also be lazy and unnecessary, and detrimental to others.