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The loss of a loved one is a devastating life experience for anyone but for the 1.5 million people in the UK with a learning disability it is additionally bewildering, frightening, and upsetting. It is important that the wide range of professionals who support people with learning disabilities have the…
Carers who have to sleep at their workplace in case they are needed overnight will not be paid minimum hourly rates after a Court of Appeal ruling. In a decision which could have cost the UK care industry billions if it had gone in favour of workers, three leading judges…
Thousands of people with learning disabilities are "trapped" in institutional care and are having their "human rights routinely ignored", MPs have heard. Lib Dem former health minister Norman Lamb warned that more than 2,400 people in hospitals and care homes across the UK were being treated as "second class citizens".…
The NHS will be able to make decisions to deprive people of their liberty under new law, health officials have announced. The current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) system has been heavily criticised, with a Government-commissioned review in 2017 calling for the system to be replaced as a matter of…
Four new reports published today by the Mental Welfare Commission of visits to units for people with learning disabilities found unacceptable levels of delayed discharge, with some patients waiting years to leave hospital. The Commission found that overall care and treatment was good, and patients generally had positive relationships with…
Springwatch star Chris Packham's partner has told how his Asperger's syndrome affects their relationship. Packham, 57, was diagnosed with the condition - an autism spectrum disorder that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others - in 2005. In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Charlotte Corney, who…
Scientists have discovered a possible treatment to reverse a genetic form of autism - by using cancer drugs. A team of researchers have discovered that an experimental drug can potentially treat, and even permanently reverse, the symptoms associated with a genetic form of autism spectrum disorder. They discovered that the…
A gifted student who stabbed an autistic teenager to death over a "pathetic" row on social media has been jailed for 21 years. Paul Akinnuoye, 20, from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, traded gay insults with 19-year-old Jordan Wright in a WhatsApp group called "Ice city boyz". The defendant called Mr…
People with learning disabilities helped to deliver a custom-made pair of shoes to the Prime Minister in a bid to encourage Government officials to better understand their lives. The unusual delivery was organised by Hft, a national charity supporting adults with learning disabilities, which has launched a Walk In Our…
The parents of an autistic woman who died after being struck by a lorry have won a legal battle to replace the coroner overseeing her inquest. Colette McCulloch (pictured), 35, was killed on the A1 in July 2016 while she was under the care of a residential care home near…
A range of people with learning disabilities, and those who support them, were honoured at Scotland’s Learning Disability Awards, held in Edinburgh, this past week. The Learning Disability Awards are run by the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability and provide an opportunity to celebrate, on a national level, the rarely…
Diagnosing autism is expensive and time consuming, so a screening tool is used to filter out those people who are unlikely to be diagnosed as autistic. This is all well and good, but our latest research suggests that a widely used screening tool may be biased towards diagnosing more men…
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