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Thousands of people with learning disabilities are being prescribed anti-psychotic drugs despite little evidence that they work, experts have warned. The drugs are being used to tackle challenging behaviour in people who do not have a record of severe mental illness. Other types of medicines to treat mental illness -…
The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) has announced a national inspection looking at the quality, efficiency and safety of the care and support provided for adults with learning disabilities. The inspection will consider how good local authority social services are at achieving outcomes that matter to people. It…
Delays in autism diagnosis are pushing families to crisis point, a charity has warned. The National Autistic Society (NAS) says families and individuals are suffering from anxiety and depression because of years spent waiting to be diagnosed. Average waiting times of more than three-and-half years for children and two years…
There are too many barriers that stop people with learning disabilities getting a job, a spokeswoman for Mencap has said. Ciara Lawrence (pictured), who has a learning disability and works for the charity, said the Government should focus on getting rid of barriers rather than removing benefits. She added: "I'm…
Two people have been charged with murdering a woman with learning difficulties. Steven Beard, aged 34, of Rowland Avenue, Bentley and 35-year-old Julie Beard, of Heather Close in Walsall will appear in court tomorrow over the killing of college student Susan Whiting, West Midlands Police said. Ms Whiting's body was…
In the field of learning difficulties there has been a revolution in professional understanding and user aspirations towards delivery of services. Institutional models no longer prevail; language, attitudes and practices have been transformed. Full of up-to-date case studies, practice examples and points for reflection, this exciting textbook explores how to…
The health and wellbeing benefits of care farming are being overlooked by many health professionals as they simply do not know enough about it, according to a new report. Essex academic and care farming expert Dr Rachel Bragg is now calling on more to be done to promote the value…
Scottish Ministers are continuing their commitment to develop and enhance services for people with autism and we are now seeking applications for innovation and development funding which will be available for 2015-16. The Scottish Strategy for Autism provides a framework to build on improvements to autism services in Scotland, including…
National deafblind charity, Sense, has launched a new resource for primary healthcare staff on supporting patients with a dual sensory loss. The ‘It All Adds Up’ guide has been developed as part of a project funded by the Department of Health to raise awareness of dual sensory loss in older…
Autistic traits may be socially disabling but are also linked to original thought and creativity, research has shown. Scientists found that when asked to provide solutions to a problem, people with autism delivered fewer of them - but were more likely to think "outside the box". The findings highlight an…
A new book questioning some of the assumptions underpinning the work of speech and language therapists – and their education and training – has been launched. Speech and Language Therapy and Professional Identity: challenging received wisdom is co-authored by Jane Stokes, Senior Lecturer in Speech and Language with the Faculty…
Cardiff University psychologists have developed the first self-assessment test designed to help clinicians diagnose autism in adults Published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, the test measures the extent to which adults are affected by repetitive behaviours – one of the criteria used to diagnose autism. These behaviours…