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Stuff.co.nz: Countdown Marton praised for its efforts to educate community about autism

Stuff.co.nz: Countdown Marton praised for its efforts to educate community about autism

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Former Countdown Marton store manager Kirsten Dinnan, who now manages Countdown Whanganui, was praised for bringing light to the problems faced by customers or their family members who suffer from autism.

A Rangitīkei supermarket has been rewarded for its efforts to educate the community about autism.

In April, Marton Countdown

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Stuff.co.nz: Movie theatre, hair salons trim sound and light in 'sensory friendly' sessions

Stuff.co.nz: Movie theatre, hair salons trim sound and light in 'sensory friendly' sessions

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Chamber & Co’s owner Gaylene Chambers’ passion is creating spaces for people with special needs.

A north Auckland cinema is dimming the house lights and offering a “sensory friendly” showing, tailor-made for people with autism and other special needs.

On Friday, HOYTS Hibiscus Coast will show

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Stuff.co.nz: Auckland supermarket introducing 'quiet hour' for shoppers with autism

Stuff.co.nz: Auckland supermarket introducing 'quiet hour' for shoppers with autism

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A “quiet hour’ initiative that started at a Countdown in Marton, has been brought to Auckland.

Auckland’s first “quiet shopping hour” has arrived at a Countdown supermarket in Three Kings.

For one hour each week, the Auckland supermarket becomes a safe haven for those with autism spectrum

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Stuff.co.nz: Sixty-two-year-old takes on seven half marathons in seven days for autism

Stuff.co.nz: Sixty-two-year-old takes on seven half marathons in seven days for autism

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Gordon Walker will walk seven half marathons in seven days to raise money for Autism New Zealand.

Long distance was never Gordon Walker’s forte, but it won’t stop the 62-year-old tying his laces and taking on seven half marathons in seven days.

The Palmerston North man’s crusade kicks off on September 14, and will raise about

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Stuff.co.nz: 62-year-old takes on seven half marathons in seven days for autism

Stuff.co.nz: 62-year-old takes on seven half marathons in seven days for autism

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Gordon Walker will walk seven half marathons in seven days to raise money for Autism New Zealand.

Long distance was never Gordon Walker’s forte, but it won’t stop the 62-year-old tying his laces and taking on seven half marathons in seven days.

The Palmerston North man’s crusade kicks off on September 14, and will raise about

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Stuff.co.nz: This optical illusion could help diagnose people with autism

Stuff.co.nz: This optical illusion could help diagnose people with autism

Researchers have created an optical illusion of a rotating cylinder, which could provide an insight into whether someone has autism traits.

The researchers asked 50 young adults without a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder to fill out a questionnaire, which assessed how many ASD-like traits they had.

Next, they watched a video

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Stuff.co.nz: Helping Hands project takes the heat off Richmond family's kitchen safety

Stuff.co.nz: Helping Hands project takes the heat off Richmond family's kitchen safety

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Mitre10 Helping Hands project.

Thanks to a few helping hands the Richmond home of Anna and Shon Costello is now that much safer for their autistic son.

The couple’s youngest son Blake has severe and nonverbal autism, which often made life difficult for the couple and older sibling Logan.

“When Blake doesn’t sleep, he’ll wake up around

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Stuff.co.nz: Ruby Knox autism murder review draws parallels to Casey Albury case 20 years ago

Stuff.co.nz: Ruby Knox autism murder review draws parallels to Casey Albury case 20 years ago

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Independent reviewer and Auckland-based developmental paediatrician Dr Rosemary Marks, and Chief Medical Officer, Nelson Marlborough Health Dr Nick Baker discuss a review of Ruby Knox’s care under the DHB.

The adequacy of help provided for parents of autistic children is once again in the spotlight

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Stuff.co.nz: Brockie: The hideous side of Hans Asperger

Stuff.co.nz: Brockie: The hideous side of Hans Asperger

Edith Sheffer

Edith Sheffer’s book exposes Hans Asperger’s crimes.

After a long, distinguished career as a practicing psychologist and medical specialist, Hans Asperger, professor of psychology at Vienna University, died in 1980.

Starting in the 1930s, Asperger made a name for himself as a pediatrician, specialising in the mental disorders of

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Stuff.co.nz: Labrador companion helps Auckland boy live with autism

Stuff.co.nz: Labrador companion helps Auckland boy live with autism

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Assistance dog Amber has changed eight-year-old Tom’s life, and is a huge help to his difficulties with autism.

Tom Bedford is an eight-year-old boy who loves searching for shells and crabs on the beaches of Whangaparāoa, north Auckland.

His best friend Amber, two, loves adventures, belly rubs,

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Stuff.co.nz: Countdown's 'quiet shopping hour' for autistic shoppers will be closely watched by other retailers

Stuff.co.nz: Countdown's 'quiet shopping hour' for autistic shoppers will be closely watched by other retailers

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In 2015, The Palms shopping centre in Christchurch held a Sensory Santa event where children with special needs could meet Santa in a quieter setting without the chaos and queuing.

Large aisles, access to mobility scooters, a “quiet shopping hour”, and support for the deaf and blind are ways

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Stuff.co.nz: Reina Vaai: Society is still largely far from truly understanding autism

Stuff.co.nz: Reina Vaai: Society is still largely far from truly understanding autism

Jasmine Jenke

Reina Vaai is a criminal defence lawyer, reporter for Tagata Pasifika TV 1 and blogger.

April is Autism Awareness month. Autism is a development disorder, which affects language, social skills and behaviour. People that have been diagnosed with autism interpret what is happening around them, in a way

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Stuff.co.nz: Raising awareness for autism

Stuff.co.nz: Raising awareness for autism

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Teachers at TopKids Totara celebrated Autism Awareness Day for their student, Jacob Hill (centre), who has autism.

A family’s struggle with autism has led them to share their experience in the hope it will help other families going through the same thing. 

April marks Autism Awareness Month and Taupō mum Elle

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