Autistic Spectrum Digest (Autism) Issue 8, June 2014 - Page 7

Rankin County Parents Upset as Autism Program Dropped Rankin County, Mississippi- The Rankin County School District is cutting its autism program that serves students at Oakdale Elementary School. Parents have expressed their disappointment with the school district. BBC producer who has Asperger’s Syndrome, sacked because of ‘behavioural issues’ Jayne Lutwyche, – is suing the BBC for disability discrimination. The 29 year old was a BBC producer for the religion and ethics department in 2012,the Daily Mail reports. Miss Lutwyche has bipolar disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, dyslexia and dyspraxia and insists that she told bosses about her disabilities before she started her job role. She was sacked 8 months later with bosses citing, ‘behavioural issues.’ Staffordshire autism unit desperately needed Stoke on Trent, UK – Charity Lifeworks is calling urgently for an autism assessment unit to be built in Staffordshire. According to a report by the BBC adults in the area can wait up to TEN years for a diagnosis and assessment. The case study in the article, Chris Hollins had been waiting 12 years after a referral from his doctor. Mother alleges discrimination against autistic son ejected from Boulder County community garden Boulder, Colarado – Boulder-based nonprofit ‘Growing Gardens’ earlier this month informed Jay Parks 39, who has autism that he could no longer work his plot at the community garden located on Boulder County’s Harney-Lastoka Open Space. He has worked on the plot for the past 5 years. Parents with autistic children warne