Articles and News
This page pulls together a selection of articles and news stories which may be of interest to those connected to the field of autism. The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Outer Hebrides Autism Hub or the Outer Hebrides Community Planning Partners.
Autism Awareness Conference
Over 100 delegates gathered in the Stornoway Sea Angling Club on Wednesday 21st June 2017, participating in the first ever Autism Eileanan Siar conference. The guest speaker was Alex Lowery (23), an award winning blogger. He was diagnosed with Classic Autism at the age of four. Autism Eileanan Siar aims to support anyone living and working in the Western Isles who is affected by, or has an interest in Autism.
Autism Friendly Scotland
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has pledged to support his autistic constituents and make Scotland an autism-friendly nation.
New SIGN guideline
Article from The National, 30 June 2016 looking at the updated SIGN guidelines for diagnosis of autism in Scotland.
Autism and life expectancy
Information on the results of the Swedish study that looked at records of all 27,122 people diagnosed with ASD in Sweden between 1987 and 2009.
Autism and the Police
Guardian article from 20 February 2016 highlighting results of a study into interactions between people with autism and the police.
Mental Welfare Commission report on Ms MN
A vulnerable 44 year old woman with an autistic spectrum diagnosis and complex needs, took her own life in a care home in Scotland in December 2012.
The circumstances of Ms MN's death, and the way in which her transfer to the care home had been managed, raised concerns at the Mental Welfare Commission, which decided to conduct a full investigation. Its report was published in January 2016
Good Autism Practice Journal
Do you work or live with a child or adult with an autistic spectrum condition?
If so, Good Autism Practice is for you.
Including peer reviewed articles written by practitioners, academics, parents and people with autism, the journal encourages good and innovative practice in supporting children and adults with autism and Asperger’s syndrome.
Good Autism Practice is edited by experienced academics and papers are peer reviewed prior to publication by people working and researching in the field. It is of interest to people who have autism and parents, as well as practitioners in health, education and social care in the public, independent and voluntary sectors.
Estimating Autism Prevalence in Adults
This report, “Estimating the prevalence of autism in adults: Extending the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey”, presents the prevalence of autism among adults aged 18 years and over. Data from the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS 2007)1 has been combined with data from a new study of the prevalence of autism among adults with learning disabilities living in private households and communal care establishments in Leicestershire, Lambeth and Sheffield.