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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…
The Western Trust have announced a series of 'Speak Easy’ engagement sessions to engage with service users, carers and staff involved in learning disabilities. Ms Anne McMurray will be facilitating the sessions which aim to agree a shared plan to improve community services and wellbeing for adults with learning disability…
Social workers moved a vulnerable Essex teenager from her aunt and uncle’s care without any warning, the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has said. The teenager had been living with her relatives since she was a child, spending time with her grandparents at weekends. Following some disagreements with her relatives, 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…
Children are being misdiagnosed with special educational needs due to pressure from pushy parents, according to a poll. Some mums and dads want an official diagnosis rather than accept that their youngster has a problem in the classroom that could be dealt with by a teacher, it suggests, while others…
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…
Progress towards equality for disabled people in the UK "continues to be patchy and torturous", campaigners have warned. Disability rights groups have submitted a "shadow report" to a United Nations committee, criticising the UK for breaking the promise it made when it signed up to its international Convention on the…
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.…
Many families with children who are disabled or have special educational needs are struggling to find information on childcare, according to a new report. It suggests that in many areas, mothers and fathers are in the dark on how to access care. The Family and Childcare Trust's report found that…