Kellie takes on charity challenge for autism charities in honour of her son

A Carndonagh mum is taking a mammoth leap to honour her son and raise money for vital charities. Kellie Tweed will do a skydive on August 13 to raise funds for iCARE and the Irish Society for Autism. She is also hosting a fundraising event in Joyce’s, Carndonagh this Sunday. The 29-year-old is doing so in honour…

A mother’s fight to bring an understanding of autism outside of the clinic

\From last century’s fears surrounding poor parenting to modern vaccine hesitancy, persistent misconceptions about the causes of autism have often resulted in the developmental condition being wrongfully associated with moral panic. During a recent talk hosted by McGill’s Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry for the Culture, Mind and Brain Program’s Speaker Series, Marga Vicedo, an associate professor at the University of Toronto…

Artists talk about their craft – and their disabilities – in forum

Justin Rielly is an actor, director, producer and writer. Many of his theater pieces turn up at Rochester’s Multi-use Community Cultural Center — the old church, converted into a theater, on Atlantic Avenue. That is who he is. He also has Asperger’s syndrome, what he says is increasingly defined as “a part of the autism…

Michelle shares the joy of fostering autism assistance puppies

A LIMERICK woman is encouraging people in the city and county to consider fostering puppies to be trained as Autism Assistance Dogs. Michelle McCaffrey, whose family has been fostering puppies for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI) for over five years, says that they have seen first hand the difference the dogs make to a child’s…

Lakeside 19-year-old with autism runs 100-mile race

When January 15th came around, Zach was ready. He stood at the starting line of the Coldwater Rumble 100 Mile race, surrounded by 99 other ultra runners, and he was Find your passion. We’ve all heard that, and it sounds simple. But where do we find it? If you’re 19-year-old Zachary Bates, you go outside…

Reds player’s acts of kindness being felt in autistic community

A trip to Cincinnati for an 18-year-old Maryland man turned out to be one of the most memorable weekends of his life. A trip to Cincinnati for an 18-year-old Maryland man turned out to be one of the most memorable weekends of his life. Patrick Kinman is a huge Cincinnati sports fan, thanks to his…