Autism and health disparities

One of the nicest things about my current post is that I’m working in a transdisciplinary department, and that means having the opportunity to look at issues that are interconnected. One that urgently needs addressing is autism and health disparities, as outlined in the 2016 Westminister Autism Commission report: https://westminsterautismcommission.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/ar1011_ncg-autism-report-july-2016.pdf Drawing on research from Sweden […]

Career moves

In 2017 and 2018 I have had the privilege to work with the Athena Institute at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, teaching two courses on disability issues, taking charge of some important departmental reports, supervising student research. So far it has been one of the most enjoyable period of my working life. It has meant learning from […]

Autism: A basic guide for prison officers

The National Autistic Society has recently published my guide to supporting prisoners with autism spectrum disorders. Currently it’s available to members of the (free) Network Autism site here

Assessment, assessment costs, and the public

In my work as an expert witness I am often asked to assess children or adults who are or may be on the autism spectrum, and who may also have a complex individual picture that includes specific learning difficulties, intellectual disabilities, problems with adaptive function, or additional disabilities. That’s time-consuming, but important so that the […]

The art of writing an expert witness report

There’s some good advice in this article (including some from me): http://www.theexpertinstitute.com/20-tips-writing-better-expert-report/

Comment on: “Why do autism ‘experts’ say such awful things?”

Shannon des Roches Rosa published a well-referenced and desperately sad blog this week about the scaremongering and self-aggrandising speech of all too many US “autism experts” (which then extends to the US media, as it seeks them out when planning a storyline related to autism.) She asks why the harmful rhetoric continues. I have argued […]

Comment on: Diagnosis of autism, abortion and the ethics of childcare in Yoruba culture

Originally posted on Left Brain Right Brain:
I have an email alert from PubMed for autism. I’ve seen a few very problematic papers go by over the years, but this one really bothers me. The study is from Nigeria, home of much of the Yoruba people. I have not seen the full paper, but from…