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This report presents findings from an independent review of Autism Network Scotland. Autism Network Scotland was established in 2012 as one of the implementation vehicles of the Scottish Strategy for Autism, and is funded by the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government wished to take stock of the role of the…
Learning disabilities are more common in children who were conceived between January and March – the time of year when there is insufficient sunlight to produce vitamin D – according to a new study led by the University of Glasgow. The study, which is published in the AmericanJournal of Epidemiology,…
The Department of Health has now opened bidding for the £25 million fund to help people with learning disabilities live independently. The fund is aimed at creating a range of housing and technology options for people with learning disabilities. This could include floor sensors to monitor for falls or finger-print…
The Western Trust’s New Directions Programme has won praise from Lee Snodgrass, a 27 year old with a learning disability from New Buildings in Derry, speaking about his experiences of working with the Trust. The New Directions Programme is a community access service which links people with a learning disability…
Autistic people are vulnerable to sliding into cyber crime and potentially being targeted by organised gangs, experts have said. The warning comes as the National Crime Agency - Britain's version of the FBI - is looking into links between autism and cyber crime after many alleged hackers were found to…
The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) have fined Herefordshire Council over delays in finding suitable care home accomodation for a vulnerable man. Details published today by the LGO reveal that the man was left for 11 months in an unsuitable care home because busy social workers delayed finding him the appropriate…
Skills for Health, Health Education England and Skills for Care have launched a comprehensive new resource to support health and social care staff and educators in England who work with people living with a learning disability. The Learning Disabilities Core Skills Education and Training Framework sets out the essential skills…
Innovative new technology is being developed by researchers to help people with autism read and understand text better. Figurative language, irony, sarcasm and phrases that may have more than one meaning are among the many challenges for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), leading to lower educational achievements. New web…
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