Transform with the times

The disability sector is vast, and individuals with both visible and invisible disabilities face debilitating challenges daily; and when compounded with the global issues brought about by the pandemic, it becomes increasingly challenging to try and negotiate these obstacles in the civil society sector. Mduduzi Dube, Managing Director, Autism Western Cape The disability sector has …

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Autism acceptance is critical to building a truly inclusive society

Christopher Banks, President and CEO of the Autism Society of America penned a powerful article recently about the difference between autism “awareness” and autism “acceptance” and why the two must go hand in hand if we are to become a truly inclusive society. While his narrative is US-focused, these are universal truths that apply as …

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Nerves that sense touch may play a role in autism

“More than 70% of people with autism have differences in their sensory perception,” said study author Sung-Tsang Hsieh, M.D., Ph.D., of National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. “For some people, even a light touch can feel unbearable while others may not even notice a cut on their foot. If larger studies can confirm these results, it is possible that further insight into the peripheral nervous system could help us understand how this disorder develops and potentially light the way for treating these distressing sensory symptoms that most people with autism experience.”