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A woman who wanted to stop medics giving her 13-year-old autistic son an antipsychotic drug has lost a family court fight. The teenager, who has a severe learning disability, was living in a specialist residential unit and had been placed in the care of council social services bosses, a judge…
Nationwide changes should be made to the way care placements are managed, a report has said, after an inquiry into the "cruel" mistreatment of residents at a care home for autistic adults. Mendip House, near Highbridge, Somerset, was closed in November 2016 after whistleblowers made abuse allegations and the home…
A Labour MP has called on the Health Secretary to act very quickly to stop the "dreadful" trade in "fake medicine" sold to families with an autistic child. Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield) raised the issue during Commons Health and Social Care questions, saying the Westminster Commission on Autism was releasing a…
The public's perception of autism will be one of the major themes explored next week as the Festival of Social Science returns to Sheffield. The free festival, which is funded by the Economic & Social Research Council, is a week-long series of events (4 November - 11 November) taking place…
Two charities providing support to people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs, have announced they are to merge. Choice Support and mcch, who will soon operate as Partnership Support Group (PSG), estimate the combined organisation will have an annual turnover of £66 million, providing support to 2300 people…
A robot which teaches people key facial expressions could help boost the employment outlook for autistic adults, researchers have claimed. The current UK unemployment rate is 4.4% but just 14% of autistic adults have a full-time job. Researchers at Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University have developed a robot called Alyx to teach…
Taking multivitamins in early pregnancy may reduce the risk of children developing autism, research suggests. Experts found that children whose mothers had taken the vitamins were around half as likely to develop autism as those whose mothers took none. But the team cautioned that although they had found a possible…
Helping people to see life through the eyes of those on the autistic spectrum is the aim of new children's TV show Pablo, its creator has said. Grainne McGuinness (pictured) said the quirky, funny show will delight young viewers of the CBeebies and RTEjr channels "but it has a job…
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