Hero dad calls out friends for not inviting his son, who has autism, to parties

It's a problem many parents of autistic children sadly have to face - their children being ostracised for simply being different to other children.

Today we meet parents Shane and Christine Stephenson who have encountered this first hand. Dad Shane posted a heart-wrenching message to his friends online blasting them for their children failing to invite their autistic six-year-old son Reilly to their birthday parties, simply because he is autistic. Wife Christine then shared the hard-hitting post on Twitter and it's gone viral, with many other parents getting in touch and sharing similar stories.

Parents Christine and Shane join us to talk about the prejudices little Reilly has faced throughout his life, and tell us why we must change our attitudes to autism.


The 12 toys of Christmas

On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... Toilet Trouble?!

Hot off the press! Steve Wilson reveals the 12 must-have toys that will be topping every child's wish list this Christmas.

Zeb goes on a paint rampage!

Zeb is a creative little chap - and he really likes to paint, as his mum Ellen found out when he got his hands on his big sister Ruby's bottle of black poster paint...

My sister was killed by a 90-year-old driver

Philip Bull didn't just kill those two people that day, he killed two families

– Debbie’s devastated sister Julie

On 7 March, Debbie Clifton and her partner Clare Haslam were attending a routine hospital appointment when tragedy struck. They were knocked down and killed by 90-year-old driver Philip Bull, who reversed his car into them after mistaking the accelerator for the brake pedal.

After admitting two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, Mr. Bull was yesterday handed a two-year suspended sentence after the judge said an 'immediate sentence of imprisonment would not put right the harm that had been done.'

Joining us today is Debbie’s devastated sister Julie, alongside John Michaels - who was seriously injured by an elderly driver in August last year, to tell us why they both intend to campaign for elderly drivers to be forced to retake their tests.

Our Pride of Britain winners: The Grenfell firefighters

It was lovely to see the Grenfell survivors and see the job they’ve done. It’s still so raw for many of us and I’m sure will be for many years to come

– Julian Spooner on being reunited with survivors at the awards

They’re the firefighters who really are the Pride of Britain after risking their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire in June of this year.

After winning our This Morning Emergency Services Award at last week’s ceremony, Matt Sephton and Julian Spooner become the first frontline firefighters to speak out about that fateful day, revealing the emotional and physical impact it had on them and their feelings at being honoured by the Duke of Cambridge at the Pride of Britain Awards.

The Pride of Britain Awards is on ITV at 8pm on Tuesday 7 November

'Help bring my rapist to justice'

I've had amazing messages, I've had a couple hundred people give £5 or £10 because they believe in this

– Emily has set up a crowdfunding page to help secure a private prosecution

Emily Hunt is fighting for justice - and she wants the public's help.

The 38-year-old mum of one alleges she was drugged and raped by a man in a hotel room in May 2015 - but charges were never brought, prompting traumatised Emily to take the drastic step of setting up a crowdfunding page, in the hope of securing a private prosecution.

It’s a decision that’s made headlines, and Emily has waived her right to anonymity to join us today.

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Have you ditched your cash for card?

According to Martin Lewis, cash is dead, long live plastic! Our resident money man tells us why it’s like wearing a piece of invisible financial armour and the four reasons why he always chooses to pay on card - but what do you think?

Let us know by voting in our poll above!

Why you should ditch cash and switch to plastic!

Cash is dead! Long live plastic (not the new fivers and tenners). Our Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis always tries to pay on a card, as he says it’s like wearing a piece of invisible financial armour, so he’s here to explain why and urge you to do the same.