Government responds to petition

The Government has officially responded to a petition calling to put a stop to the detention of people with autism and learning disabilities in Assessment and Treatment Units (ATUs). Practices in ATUs includes the use of medication to sedate individuals, seclusion in padded cells, and physical face-down ‘prone restraint’ with the average stay being a […]

“Being a carer has good days and bad days.”

Charity Carers UK tells the story of a woman who within one year became carer to both her young daughter and her husband, while suffering from a disability herself… When Jocelyn’s daughter Amy was three-years-old she was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder which has resulted in multiple operations and requires extensive care. Just a […]

CAMPAIGN FOR ACCESSIBLE TOILET FACILITIES

Over a quarter of a million men, women and children in the UK need access to public toilet facilities that go one step further than traditional ‘disabled toilets’. Facilities that simply have a handrail next to a toilet are just not sufficient for people with very complex needs or profound and multiple learning disabilities. Nathalie […]

National Stress Awareness Day

Stress is often described as one of the major barriers to leading a fulfilled life for people with autism. It affects those across the spectrum at all stages of their lives. Of course, stress can affect everyone, but there is growing awareness that autistic people may be particularly susceptible to continued high levels of stress […]

Mandatory learning disability and autism training debated

Two years ago, 18-year-old Oliver McGowan died after being given anti-psychotic medication against the wishes of him and his family. The teenager, had mild autism, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy and epilepsy. His family believe his death could have been prevented if relevant training had been given to healthcare professionals. As a result, his mother, Paula […]