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    Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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A Family Perspective

Oct
24

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 […]

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Jun
25

Join us in signing and sharing this petition

Prevent avoidable deaths by making autism/learning disability training mandatory. You may have seen Oliver McGowan’s tragic death in the news recently. We’re hoping you can join us in trying to make something positive come out of a tragic avoidable death. Oliver, who had autism, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy and epilepsy tragically died in November 2016. […]

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News

Feb
28

Rare Disease Day 2018

Today is the annual Rare Disease Day, a worldwide event to raise awareness about rare diseases and the impact they have on patient’s lives. 1 in 20 people will live with a rare disease at some point in their lives. There is no cure for the majority of rare diseases and many go undiagnosed. For […]

Jan
31

Dignity Action Day

Dignity Action Day began in 2006 with the aim to inspire health and social care staff and local people, to place dignity and compassion at the heart of care services and the community. It is a national initiative led by the Dignity in Care Campaign to bring people together, ensuring individuals are given choice, control […]

Jan
3

Festival of Sleep

The Festival of Sleep is a celebratory day created to remind individuals to take a rest after the chaos of the festive season. But life with a child with learning disabilities may make it difficult to get the essential sleep required for wellbeing, let alone indulgent post-Christmas naps. The importance of sleep is well known […]

Dec
18

Preparing for Christmas

Whilst most families are excitedly anticipating Christmas, when you have a child with a learning disability or autism, preparing for Christmas can take more consideration and planning. What many view as enjoyable markers of the season – such bright lights, crowds, noise, visitors, celebrations and disruption to routine – when viewed from the eyes of […]

Dec
11

Autism as You Age

When people think of autism they most often think of children. However, autistic children grow up to be autistic adults, and the majority of people diagnosed with autism are in fact in adulthood. The number of adults with ASD aged over 65 will be 155,000 by 2035 in the UK alone1 – resulting in an […]

Nov
30

The A Word Review

The return of the BBC drama ‘The A Word’ has been welcomed by many. The series focuses on a family who, in the first series, received a diagnosis of autism for their son, Joe, and showed the reaction of the family and community while beginning to explore the challenges of accepting the diagnosis. In the […]