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Welsh Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans, has announced additional funding of £7 million for the National Integrated Autism Service. The announcement brings the total amount of funding allocated to supporting autism services in Wales to £13 million up to 2021. Wales is the first part of…
Delivering better services for children with autism as they grow into adulthood and beyond has been identified as a priority in Inverclyde. Inverclyde Council’s Policy & Resources Committee has approved £150,000 for the first two years funding for the Autism Implementation Group. It has been set up to deliver the…
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh hoping to develop new treatments for autism have received a £20 million funding boost from a US philanthropic foundation. The Simons Foundation has pledged the investment for studies into the biological mechanisms that underpin changes in brain development associated with autism. Autism spectrum disorders…
Watching The Big Bang Theory was suggested as a training method for a school staff member who was dealing with a child with Asperger syndrome, MSPs have been told. Sheldon Cooper, one of the central characters in the hit American television show, displays traits of the condition. Those affected can…
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…
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.…
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