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A £10 million research programme is to investigate why autistic adults are dying decades before their time. The five-year project planned by the charity Autistica follows a bombshell study from Sweden that uncovered evidence of "shameful" premature death among people with the developmental disorder. Researchers from the renowned Karolinska Institute…
The parents of an autistic teenager who has endured a six-month "jail sentence" in a psychiatric ward have slammed his "inhumane" treatment, calling it an "abuse" of his human rights. Robin Garnett and wife Isabelle (pictured) were speaking ahead of a meeting with health minister Alistair Burt, where they were…
An autistic teenager will be moved to a specialist facility after more than 150,000 people backed a petition by his parents to end his six-month "jail sentence" in a psychiatric ward. Matthew Garnett, 15, was sectioned under the Mental Health Act to a psychiatric intensive care unit - usually for…
A national autism service is to be set up in Wales, the Welsh Government has announced. Officials say the new service will offer a more "joined up" approach - bringing together children's autistic teams with health boards as well as creating specialist teams for adults. It comes amid criticism from…
A Sheffield Hallam University lecturer in autism studies has won a national award in recognition of the way his research and teaching has influenced public understanding of the condition over his 20-year career. Luke Beardon was presented with the Axcis Award for Achievement by an Individual Education Professional at the…
Health Minister Simon Hamilton has announced that he would be investing an additional £2m per year in Autism Services to tackle waiting lists and improve access to support services. Demand for autism assessments currently substantially outstrips capacity to provide diagnostic services. This £2m of new recurrent funding will be invested…
The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and Public Health Agency (PHA) want to hear about your experiences to help shape how care is delivered in Northern Ireland. 10,000 Voices is a PHA initiative which gives people an opportunity to provide feedback on their experiences of accessing Health and Social…
A series of recommendations has been made for health authorities across Scotland after an investigation was held into the death by suicide of a woman at a care home. The 44-year-old, who had an autistic spectrum diagnosis and complex needs, took her own life in December 2012 shortly after being…