Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)

Hidden disabilities: Joseph Delaney

Iriss.fm, Episode 185

Michael McEwan speaks to Joseph Delaney about growing up with a 'hidden disability'.

Joseph is on the autistic spectrum and tells us about his life experiences, and his journey to getting his music degree at university and working at Limelight Music.

Hidden disabilities: Ryan Fleming

Iriss.fm, Episode 184

Michael McEwan speaks to Ryan Fleming about growing up with a 'hidden disability'.

Ryan is on the autistic spectrum and tells us about the challenging, as well as positive experiences he has faced from childhood right through to adulthood.

He talks about how he sees the world, how he interacts in social situations, his support network and his hopes for the future.

ISBA 2016: Anything to declare? - Jaynie Mitchell

Iriss.fm, Episode 166

Jaynie Mitchell, Director at Inspiring Inclusion (Scotland) shares the experience of her own family of accessing appropriate services and support for her son who was diagnosed with autism as a child.

Introduced by Donald Macleod, Conference Chair.

Recorded at the 10th International Short Break Association conference, 13–15 September 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Autism and acting

Liam's career four years on

In 2012 Liam Robertson, who is on the autism spectrum, told us about his passion for TV, film and theatre and his ambition to become an actor. Liam's story is inspirational, demonstrating the importance of seeing the person, not the disability.

Values into Action Scotland

Iriss.fm, episode 129

Values into Action Scotland promotes rights and equality for people with learning difficulties and individuals on the autistic spectrum. In this episode Michael McEwan of Able Radio first talks to David Ross about how his work as a Quality Checker helps people bring more choice and control into their lives. Then Catherine Hurrell talks about a project to develop modern apprenticeships for young people on the autistic spectrum.

PASDA. Supporting families of adults with autism

Iriss.fm, episode 119

Supporting families of adults with autism. There are over 7000 families supporting adults with an autistic spectrum condition in Edinburgh and the Lothians. PASDA is a charity that offers support to parents, partners and siblings of adults with ASC.

Young Scotland's Got Talent

Iriss.fm, episode 115

Supporting people with learning disability into work. Michael McEwan of Able Radio in conversation with Emma Hill about the East Project in East Renfrewshire. The project is run by Enable Scotland to support people with disabilities into employment.

Michael McEwan talks to Maura Lynch about Young Scotland's Got Talent, an employment campaign for young people with learning difficulties and individuals on the autistic spectrum, the puts premium on having fun.

Knowledge management in practice - Charlene Tait

Interview with Charlene Tait, development director, Scottish Autism

In this short video, new Iriss Champion, Charlene Tait, describes the process of sharing knowledge to improve practice within Scottish Autism.

This forms part of the Iriss evidence informed practice case study series designed to help practitioners share their experiences of using different types of evidence to change the delivery of services.

Autism – telling a story through video

How we made Liam's story

Liam Robertson is 20 years old and has autism. He has a passion for film, attends Scottish Youth Theatre, works part-time in a Barnardo's shop in Glasgow and would like to pursue a career in the theatre.

Digital storytelling - Liam's video CV - Liam Robertson

Liam's video CV demonstrates how someone with autism can use video to help others see beyond the disability

Liam Robertson is 20 years old and has autism. He has a passion for film and would like to pursue a career in the theatre.

In this video Liam talks about his interests and aspirations, attending Scottish Youth Theatre and working in a Barnardo's shop, and he delivers a monologue from Citizen Kane.

Update 2015

In 2015 we caught up to find out how Liam's career in TV and film is progressing.