Autism - LOU McGILL
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Autism

My son and I have Asperger’s Syndrome. Being autistic is not a negative thing for us. Our brains work differently – we are only disabled by the way our society treats autistic people. I am committed to educating people about autism and feel really strongly that educators and other professionals need a much better understanding of what it means to work with and support autistic people.

Autistic Spectrum: a world of black and white – a series of photographs to illustrate aspects of life with autism.

a personal photo essay: two sides to every story

Many of my blog posts talk about our experience of living with, laughing with and often crying with autism.

I have a dilemna due to using a Creative Commons (CC) licence on one of my photographs on flickr. The photo is part of a project that I did in 2006 for the flickr UTATA group which aimed to tells the positives and negatives of......

>a youtube photo montage published a long time ago but lost in the transfer to wordpress so posted again for completeness… it isn’t going to change the world but hell – someone might see it and think just a little bit longer… it has had......

>Well a few days later and we’re surviving the aftermath of the exclusion. We got the report of the incident and it was a very poorly written document full of subjective comments and emotive language. I have prepared a 4 page reply which is very......

It is particularly difficult for children with Aspergers Syndrome and high functioning autism because people can't see the disability....

Most people are horrified when I tell them that my son does most of his socialising with his peers over the internet. They are worried because he doesn’t go to school and ‘get’ socialised there (we do home learning – see early blog post to......

>hector the rescue dog. the sweetest natured dog on the planet and so what we need… hector What a day… Had our first visit to the family and child health psychiatric unit. met a nice woman called Dianne. Laurie actually spoke to her so she’s......

How hard to write about something so brutal and horrific. Whenever I am confronted with a news item about this I get upset and angry in equal amounts and it’s not just because my son has a disability. I am absolutely shocked that this kind......

> I’ve been meaning to write this one for so long that I almost can’t write it anymore. I lie awake at night going over and over what I want to say. I think my recent reading of the new book ‘Children and teenagers with......

yes I need some buffers. I’ve been bashed around a bit in the last few days and I need some cotton wool. My son has been excluded from school – his behaviour is unacceptable…. he has had a ‘meltdown‘ (common terminology in the world of......

The photo for this post is a pic of our lovely greyhound who came to live with us 10 years ago. Sadly, she died this week (at the grand old age of 16). We all loved her and will miss her a lot.  I was......

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