Down Syndrome and Man’s Best Friend

Dogs are known as man's best friend for a good reason! They can be everyone's best friend, thanks to their intelligence and loyal nature. This is proven by the way they are now becoming service dogs and helping people with Down Syndrome.While dogs have helped visually impaired people for many years, through organisations such as Guide Dogs for the Blind, using service dogs to help people with Down Syndrome is relatively new. Dogs are being trained as assistance dogs all over the world and... more

Neil Diamond

Legendary singer Neil Diamond's thousands of fans were upset to learn that the 77-year-old singer had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in January 2018.The star was coming to the end of his 50 Year Anniversary World Tour when the announcement was made, leading to the cancellation of the final dates in Australia and New Zealand.Although he announced his immediate retirement from touring, he said he wasn't bowing out of the music industry altogether. According to his official... more

Paddy McGuiness: Life with Autistic Twins

Television presenter and comedian Paddy McGuinness and his model wife, Christine, have spoken of their life with autistic twins, Penelope and Leo, aged five. The couple revealed how they had found ways of tailoring Christmas to make it special for their children, without causing them alarm.The host of popular TV dating show Take Me Out and his wife Christine explained how the festive period can be a difficult time for children on the autism spectrum. Consequently, they kept their... more

Autism: Have a Merry Christmas!

Christmas is a busy and exciting time for everyone and it’s important that all members of the family can enjoy the special day, but when you have a family member who's affected by autism, the Christmas period can be challenging.There's lots of change, more social interaction and greater expectations in terms of meeting and communicating with a wider circle of friends and family. This can make it a stressful time for many autistic people and it's important to plan carefully to make... more

Supporting Someone with Dementia this Christmas

Christmas is typically a time for family, friends, good food and festivities, but for people who are affected by dementia, it can be a challenging time of year. Family members and carers who are supporting someone with dementia may find there are many more things to consider, on top of their already hectic Christmas preparations.The importance of enjoying a relaxing Christmas with loved ones can't be over-emphasised, since we all need a holiday to recharge our batteries. Charities who... more

Anne Hegerty: Living with Asperger’s

Star of television quiz show, The Chase, Anne Hegerty has been widely praised for opening up and discussing her Asperger’s. Currently appearing on ITV's I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, the 60-year-old has spoken frankly about her life with Asperger's - inspiring other people and leading to the subject trending on social media.Asperger's is a condition on the autism spectrum disorder and can affect a person's communication, social interaction, interests and behaviour. It was formally... more

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