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Three new good practice guides for those working with people with mental ill health or learning disability were published by the Mental Welfare Commission. The documents are aimed at health professionals and care staff, and are intended to share good practice across Scotland. The guides are: Working with Independent Advocates…
A new mobile app has been launched which aims to tap into the creative juices of people with autism to find new tech solutions to some of the everyday challenges they face. ‘ASCmeI.T.’, a free mobile app available on Android and Apple, has been developed by a consortium of researchers…
A Holyrood committee has called for improvements in the education of young people with visual or hearing impairments. An inquiry by the Education Committee uncovered concerns about the attainment and employment prospects of school leavers with sensory impairments. Scottish Government figures show that they achieve fewer qualifications on average than…
The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme aims to provide equitable access to NICE-recommended psychological therapies to people from all sectors of the community. There is evidence that people with mild to moderate learning disabilities can benefit from the therapies offered by IAPT services, especially when reasonable adjustments are…
Over the years ENABLE Scotland has become increasingly aware of the gap in services to meet the challenges faced by parents at the early stages of a child’s diagnosis of a learning disability. The aim of the study was to explore the extent and nature of challenges faced by the…
The Scottish Government is seeking applications for development funding to support the refreshed delivery approach for The Keys to Life, launched in June this year, to develop and enhance services for people with learning disabilities. The Keys to Life refreshed delivery approach aims to improve the lives of people who…
A two year collaborative project has shown that educating autism practitioners in vision awareness has increased access to eye care and improved day-to-day support services for people with autism and sight loss. The Autism and Sight Loss project is a collaborative project between the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind…
A series of new guides aimed at helping adults with a learning disability and their carers access health and social care services has been launched by Mencap Cymru in conjunction with Cardiff University’s School of Law. Jointly developed by law students, academics and Mencap Cymru, the toolkits aim to empower…
National deafblind charity, Sense, has today launched an inquiry to highlight the problems children with multiple needs encounter accessing play opportunities. ‘The Case for Play’ inquiry will look into the provision of play opportunities for children aged 0-5 with multiple needs in England and Wales and is calling for evidence…
AM I AUTISTIC? is a new style of self-help book for the UK and US market which takes the reader through a step-by-step guide to autism self-diagnosis and also looks at the wider cultural issues that affect autistic people. Originally launched in April 2015 as a digital-only title, the AM…
Children with learning disabilities are more vulnerable to sexual exploitation than other children, facing additional barriers to their protection and to receiving support, new research from a coalition of leading organisations reveals. This issue is particularly hidden because few children with learning disabilities meet high thresholds for support from services.…
A smartphone app that makes texting and emailing much easier – particularly for older people and those who have difficulty spelling – has been created by University of Strathclyde researchers. The MaxieKeyboard has been developed by a team led by Dr Mark Dunlop, senior lecturer in Computer and Information Sciences…