You may remember the story of the schoolboy form Leeds - whose pet corgi was credited with turning his life around - after he was diagnosed with aspergers syndrome.
14 year old Nick Gilling from Leeds was so badly affected - he would hide under his bed - because of his anxieties about going out in public. After we featured him on Calendar, his story went global - and he's now become an ambassador for people with autism. Michael Billington reports.
The first ever Kirklees Autism Show is being launched by the Council this month in a campaign to improve understanding of the condition.
A new webpage is also being created by Kirklees Council, which will contain support information and a film addressing prejudice towards people with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC).
The event will take place at Huddersfield Town Hall on Tuesday October 29 from 2pm.
We hope this event will improve understanding of this hidden condition to ensure that the one in 100 people in Kirklees who live with it are able to reach their full potential.
– Cllr Molly Walton, Kirklees Council.
There will be an opportunity to speak to professionals to find out more about things that are important to people with Autism Spectrum Condition, such as employment, transition,housing, leisure activities, diagnosis, benefits and much more.
A mother from Grimsby, who launched a legal challenge to try to stop her autistic son's support service from closing, says it will be a lifeline lost when it shuts it's doors for the final time at the end of this month.
North East Lincolnshire Council, who operate 'Asdrel', say alternative support is already available in the area. But Denise and her son Thomas are concerned future children with special needs could be put into schools which lack the ability to offer individual care. Kate Hemingway reports:
The educational needs of children and young people with autism in mainstream schools and academies are now being met through access to a range of services and provision; these include the SEN Support Service based at the Western Technology Site, which provides advice, support and guidance.In addition, schools and academies can access specialist advice and support through the partnership arrangement available between the SEN Support Service and Cambridge Park Special School.
For those children and young people that may require higher levels of support and intervention, the local authority provides access to an assessment of their special educational needs, the provision for which is made through a Statement of Special Educational Needs. For those with significant and complex needs provision may take the form of a Special School placement in the borough whilst for a very small number of children and young people it may be appropriate that their exceptional needs are met in very specialist schools outside of the local authority area.
All children and young people’s access to a service and the provision required is delivered through a dialogue with parents/carers. The range of provision available in North East Lincolnshire remains under active review and development with the help of a stakeholder group known as the Communication and Interaction Task Group which reports regularly to the SEN Strategy Group, members of which include representatives from the Parents Participation Forum and the Parent Partnership Service"
A mother has taken legal action to try and keep her autistic son's former support service open in Grimsby, saying it'll be a lifeline lost if it closes.
Denise Portus says although her 12 year old son Thomas has settled in well at a new school, future generations with autism will miss out because Asdrel, which is due to close at the end of this month, provides more one on one care.
Thomas also now has a half an hour trip to school instead of five minutes and has been forced to leave many of his friends behind.
The mum of a boy from Leeds who has autism says her son is coping better with his condition since they got a specially trained corgi to help. Tessa Gilling's son Nick has Asperger's syndrome and lacks confidence when interacting with other people. She says Sally the corgi has helped overcome that.