One of the many challenges facing the new Holyrood administration is the need to develop a comprehensive strategy for autism in Scotland.
MODERATE drinking during pregnancy could be the hidden cause of thousands of serious childhood disorders including autism, Scotland's leading authority on alcohol and health warned last night.
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PEOPLE with autism are being discriminated against by employers and denied education because of ignorance.
TEACHERS must be given training to cope with the rising numbers of autistic children in mainstream schools, campaigners said yesterday.
Carol Evans, of the National Autistic Society Scotland, warns "many parents are forced to battle for appropriate educational support for their children, with many youngsters left in limbo for months while they are tormented daily by other pupils" (your report, 29 October). Unfortunately, this warning has become all too true.
AS a youngster, James Paton would scream and bang his head against the wall while his parents struggled to pacify him.
CHRIS Hunter is autistic. He is not a criminal, yet he is regularly stopped by police.
FOR a condition first identified more than 60 years ago, it is remarkable that so little is generally known about autism. This lack of understanding is even more remarkable considering that autism spectrum disorders are estimated by the National Autism Society to affect the lives of more than 500,000 families in the UK.
BULLIED by their classmates as children, shunned by neighbours as parents, and refused work as adults, the lives of thousands of Scots are being devastated by ignorance about autism..
A STRATEGY to ensure proper support is provided for children with autism has been approved by West Lothian Council.
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