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A Highland respite home which provides short-term breaks for adults with learning disabilities has been closed amid a police investigation. The six-bed Beachview Lodge Respite Unit in Brora was shut on Monday and residents were moved to a care centre in Maryburgh, 50 miles away. NHS Highland refused to confirm…
'No voice unheard, no right ignored' is a Department of Health consultation for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions. The consultation explores options on issues such as how people can: be supported to live independently, as part of a community be assured that their views will be…
Autism is almost entirely genetic in origin, according to new research which suggests the condition is more heritable than previously thought. Genetic influence on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) was estimated at between 74% and 98%, the study of 258 twins found. Genetic risk factors for ASD were also found to…
New proposals to strengthen the rights of people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions are to be put forward to the public to "end the horror of families feeling that they aren't listened to", the Government will announce today. "No voice unheard, no right ignored" aims to give…
Adults with learning disabilities in Omagh are being supported to live full lives in a new housing scheme officially opened by the Northern Ireland's Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey. The Omagh Supported Living Service, formerly known as Ashley House, provides high quality accommodation and support services to 16 tenants with…
It’s time to think about how we can accompany someone on their life journey when it comes to safeguarding, in order to make sure they get the best support. But is this really working in practice? The recent raft of reports following up on progress on the Winterbourne View agenda…
Children and young people with learning difficulties are set to benefit from a new £5 million research and support centre opened in Edinburgh. The Salvesen Mindroom centre is a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and charity Mindroom and the NHS. Staff at the new centre will work closely with…
Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) are running four workshops in March to support Team Managers who need to understand and deliver effective lifespan safeguarding in practice for people with learning disabilities. The workshops will deliver the following: Clearer understanding of how risk enablement and person-centred working can begin earlier…
Ministers have failed to honour a pledge made in the wake of the Winterbourne View abuse scandal to move patients with learning difficulties out of hospitals and into community care, the Whitehall spending watchdog has said. The National Audit Office said that, two years after the Department of Health issued…
A new report into treatment of people with learning disabilities does not do enough to help bring them out of institutional care and into the community, charities have said. Mencap and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation said the report by NHS England and other authorities "will disappoint thousands of people with…
Sense Scotland has announced it is to close its Newark Drive service as demand has “dropped markedly.” The facility in Glasgow's south-side offered support and overnight care for youngsters with severe disabilities, giving parents and carers vital respite. John Roxburgh, head of operational services at Sense Scotland, said: "It is…
Substantial numbers of disabled people are missing out on government support to help them work, MPs have found. Inadequate funding and a lack of awareness of the Access to Work (AtW) programme means it is only reaching a minority of those that could be helped, the Work and Pensions Select…