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People with autism, learning disabilities and mental health issues – and their carers – often have to face the challenge of having a lack of continuity of social workers. It can be frustrating and it can lead to bad physical health. A new initiative – the Named Social Work pilot…
More than two million children in India could benefit from new research into a new low-cost ways to detect autism risk. A group of researchers, led by Professor Bhismadev Chakrabarti at the University of Reading, have been awarded a £585,000 grant from the Medical Research Council UK to develop low…
One in three parents of a child with a learning disability is in a "distressed relationship", according to a new report. This is higher than the level of distress in relationships among the general population - put at one in four. The study, from Relate, Relationships Scotland and Mencap, found…
Progress towards equality for disabled people in the UK "continues to be patchy and torturous", campaigners have warned. Disability rights groups have submitted a "shadow report" to a United Nations committee, criticising the UK for breaking the promise it made when it signed up to its international Convention on the…
Dame Christine Lenehan was asked by the Department of Health to take a strategic overview and recommend what practical action can be taken to co-ordinate care, support and treatment for children and young people with complex needs (and behaviour that challenges) involving mental health problems and learning disabilities and/or autism.…
Many families with children who are disabled or have special educational needs are struggling to find information on childcare, according to a new report. It suggests that in many areas, mothers and fathers are in the dark on how to access care. The Family and Childcare Trust's report found that…
Prison is not an easy ride – not least for those with autism spectrum disorder. We know from experience that some prisoners are more vulnerable to bullying and victimisation, more likely to be easily led and manipulated, and more vulnerable to sexual and physical abuse. They will likely have difficulty…
The Scottish Sensory Awards, from the Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD) and the Scottish Council on Vision Impairment (SCOVI), showcase good practice, promote the rights of people living with sensory impairments in Scotland and recognise the range of work with deaf, deafblind and visually impaired people undertaken across the statutory,…
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