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A legal action over payments for "sleep-in" shifts, which could cost the UK care industry billions if judges rule in favour of workers, has reached the Court of Appeal. Leading judges in London will consider two recent conflicting rulings on whether care workers who sleep at their place of work,…
Too many children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties are still not getting the help they need, campaigners have warned. A new report argues that poor understanding and a lack of resources are leaving youngsters without the right support. In total, more than 1.4 million children and…
The winners of the National Autistic Society’s Autism Professionals Awards were announced at a special ceremony in Harrogate last week. The top accolade, the Lifetime Achievement Award, went to philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley in recognition of her commitment to improving the lives of autistic people through her foundation. The annual…
Medics have been given the go-ahead to continue feeding a bed-bound man with severe learning disabilities who had been at the centre of a "quality of life" dispute in a specialist court. Doctors said the man, who is in his 50s, was medically stable and should continue to be fed…
Television presenter Carrie Grant has said it can be difficult to relate to other parents as she and her husband are raising four children with complex needs. Carrie and her partner David, who have been married for almost 30 years, are parents to daughters Olivia, 23, who has attention deficit…
A doctor has been suspended from working for a year after an epileptic teenager drowned in a bath while left alone in an NHS care home. Dr Valerie Murphy was the psychiatrist responsible for the care of Connor Sparrowhawk, an 18-year-old with learning difficulties, who was found submerged in the…
Disabled people are unable to afford the same standard of living as non-disabled people, a charity has warned. A new report from the disability charity Scope found that disabled people have "much less" to live on and are having to fork out an average of £570 a month related to…
Scientists have developed a blood and urine test that can detect autism in children. Researchers at the University of Warwick said the test, believed to be the first of its kind, could lead to earlier diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children who could then be given appropriate treatment…
Police have described as "sickening" a petrol bomb attack on the home of a man with severe learning difficulties. It happened at Hillview Terrace in Banbridge about 5.30am on Sunday. A spokesman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said: "A vulnerable young man with severe learning difficulties was…
A woman who wanted to stop medics giving her 13-year-old autistic son an antipsychotic drug has lost a family court fight. The teenager, who has a severe learning disability, was living in a specialist residential unit and had been placed in the care of council social services bosses, a judge…
Nationwide changes should be made to the way care placements are managed, a report has said, after an inquiry into the "cruel" mistreatment of residents at a care home for autistic adults. Mendip House, near Highbridge, Somerset, was closed in November 2016 after whistleblowers made abuse allegations and the home…
A Labour MP has called on the Health Secretary to act very quickly to stop the "dreadful" trade in "fake medicine" sold to families with an autistic child. Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield) raised the issue during Commons Health and Social Care questions, saying the Westminster Commission on Autism was releasing a…
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