Government policy can play an important role in the lives of people with learning disabilities, whether it is benefit eligibility or social care policy.
“Bitter disappointment” over continued lack of plans for social care
A round-up of changes that will impact learning disability and/or autism support during the Coronavirus pandemic
"We were already considered to be a family in crisis"
Lockdown on the spectrum: how autistic adults and families of children with the condition are coping with the coronavirus lockdown that has closed schools, slashed respite and limited access to the outdoors to one trip a day. Darren Devine highlights the experiences of one Scottish family facing struggles common to many during the lockdown.
Government's "unclear" coronavirus guidance puts social care in jeopardy
MPs call for CQC overhaul and Mental Health Act changes to address "horrific realities"
Today Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) condemns the “horrific reality” of conditions and treatment under which many young people with learning disabilities and autism are detained in mental health hospitals, “inflicting terrible suffering on those detained and causing anguish to their distraught families”.
New NHS taskforce and grant-funded initiative to improve inpatient experience for autistic children/teenagers
NHS chief Simon Stevens has announced that a new taskforce will be set up to improve current specialist children and young people’s inpatient mental health, autism and learning disability services in England. News of the new taskforce is not the only initiative announced this past week to improve the experience of autistic children/teenagers in inpatient settings.
More reports, fewer prosecutions: failure to tackle disability hate crime laid bare in new figures
Should parents make care decisions once their child reaches adulthood?
Until a group of parents joined forces to change the law families could find themselves sidelined once a loved one with a learning disability turned eighteen, with social workers taking charge of key decisions. But here Darren Devine details how three families have fought to ensure parents continue to have a voice when their children become adults.
The majority of autistic adults are not getting the support they need
It’s time for the learning disability sector to save itself
Spending Review's £1 billion for social care deemed "a short-term solution" by disability charities and organisations
Government pledges to monitor autism employment gap - for the first time
Mental capacity bill amendment reaches final stages - and concerns remain
Cross-sector concerns have repeatedly been raised about the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill since proposals were introduced last summer. The Bill, which campaigners fear will dilute existing human rights safeguards and give undue power and responsibility to organisations supporting older and disabled people.