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A Conservative candidate's suggestion that people with mental health issues could wear identifying wristbands to help ensure they are not unfairly dealt with by authorities has been attacked by opponents. At a hustings in Cambridge, Chamali Fernando said the move could help police, medical and legal professionals understand otherwise apparently…
Some of the UK’s top experts and organisations in the field of Learning Disability nursing will attend the annual Positive Choices conference, this year hosted by the University of South Wales, at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena on 16-17 April 2015. Welsh Government Health Minister, Professor Mark Drakeford AM, will be among…
Renowned speakers on Autism, Professor Rita Jordan OBE and Ros Blackburn, will host a lecture and a question and answer session at the University of Worcester later this month. The lecture is aimed at university students, staff and community members who are interested in special needs education, or are current…
New National Autistic Society (NAS) figures released to coincide with World Autism Awareness Day today show that more people in the UK are aware of autism than ever before. But there’s still a long way to go before autism is understood and people on the spectrum are fully integrated into…
The Scottish Parliament has become the first public building in Scotland to receive an Autism Access award from the National Autistic Society. The Presiding Officer, Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP (pictured), accepted the award on behalf of the Scottish Parliament from Jenny Paterson, Director (Scotland) of the National Autistic Society,…
This statutory guidance shows how local authorities and NHS organisations should carry out their responsibilities under the Autism Act 2009 to develop services that support and meet the needs of people with autism, and their families and carers. It also explains what support they can expect to receive from local…
Too many children and adults are continuing to go into mental health hospitals and stay there unnecessarily despite the Government promising to change this in light of the Winterbourne View scandal, a report by MPs has warned. Six people were jailed after an appalling catalogue of abuse of patients by…
Scottish charity Quarriers are stepping up awareness of their campaign on learning disability hate crime by encouraging people to sign a pledge on their website to show their support. The charity will also be hosting a workshop for their 'WAR on Hate Crime: We’re All Responsible' campaign at the Gathering…
A new study by researchers from Goldsmiths and City University found parents in the UK are waiting up to three and a half years to receive a diagnosis that their child has autism. The study revealed that 52 per cent of parents were dissatisfied with their experience of their child’s…
A University of West London (UWL) academic has published two new textbooks about learning disability nursing practice. Professor Bob Gates from INSPIRE at UWL, has worked with colleagues and people with learning disabilities in the sector to develop these important new learning resources. Learning Disability Nursing at a Glance is…
The first release in a new monthly data series of learning disability services statistics has been published today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The Assuring Transformation data collection will make available the most recent data about inpatients with a learning disability or autism spectrum needs who…
A care home for adults with learning disabilities in Clackmannanshire has been praised by Scotland’s social care regulator. The Care Inspectorate graded ARK Alloa Care Home “excellent” for all quality themes after an unannounced inspection. It is the second inspection in a row where the service received top marks. A…