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NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens has thrown down a challenge to the health sector to open up suitable job opportunities to people with learning disabilities. To mark Learning Disability Week, NHS Employers and NHS England are launching a new national network providing advice, ideas and impetus to all NHS…
Carers are failing to identify hearing loss in people with learning disabilities, severely impacting on their quality of life, according to new research from the University of Sunderland. A pilot study conducted by a senior clinical scientist has shown that carers for people with learning disabilities (PWLD) are lacking the…
The mother of a disabled man has said he was killed by bullies and had "the mind of an eight-year-old". Lee Irving, 24, of Camperdown, East Denton, was described by Northumbria Police as vulnerable and having learning difficulties. He was found dead on a grassed area in Fawdon, Newcastle, on…
The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities has undertaken a scoping exercise with frontline staff in the criminal justice system to find out what kinds of difficulties they face when supporting clients with learning disabilities and what would help. This exercise has resulted in the production of factsheets which provide…
A new study has highlighted the potential for pet dogs to reduce stress in parents of children with autism. A team of psychologists and animal behaviour experts at the University of Lincoln, UK, in conjunction with charities Dogs for the Disabled and the National Autistic Society, discovered a significant decrease…
Care UK has confirmed that its services to support people with learning disabilities are to be acquired by Lifeways, the specialist care provider which already offers specialist support services to over 4,750 people with complex needs. Care UK currently supports around 1,000 people with learning disabilities. Care UK said it…
A new one-year plan to address priorities for action for children, young people and adults with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) has been published by the Welsh Government. The new interim delivery plan is backed by £600,000 of funding, which is in addition to the £880,000 ASD infrastructure grant which was…
This week, 18 – 24 May 2015 is the first ever Profound and Multiple Learning Disability (PMLD) Awareness Week. Headed by PAMIS, an organisation working solely with people with PMLD and their families for a better life, this campaign is aimed at raising the awareness of PMLD. People with PMLD…
New research shows that children with autism are better at combining information about moving objects than their peers, which may explain why they experience sensory overload. The study conducted by the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) asked 33 children with autism and 33 typical children aged between 6 and 13…
Supporting families in the care of people with serious mental health difficulties will be the topic of a talk at The Hive in Worcester next week. Professor Eleanor Bradley, of the University of Worcester, will talk about involving families more in decisions that are taken. It is the latest talk…
A report published today gives a snapshot of the experiences of people with learning disabilities who are inpatients in either NHS or independent services, and provides a new insight into regional variations of care. The 'Learning Disability Census: Further Analysis Report', is published by the Health and Social Care Information…
Allegations of physical abuse of children at an Aberdeenshire school for pupils with special needs are being investigated by Police Scotland. The abuse allegations concern nursery and primary-aged children at the council-run Westfield School in Fraserburgh dating back to 2013. Three members of staff have now been suspended and asked…