Legal and policy
School forced to reinstate and apologise for unlawful discrimination of disabled student
Have NHS efforts to reduce over medicating been successful?
In 2016, the UK government launched a groundbreaking drive to reduce the use of psychotropic drugs for people with autism and learning disabilities. But recent figures show that while prescribing rates for antipsychotics have fallen since the campaign’s launch, antidepressants, hypnotics, and stimulants have all risen.
Number of children living in hospital rises again as government funds new 'low secure unit'
NHS Digital withholding child restraint data
An autism diagnosis saved my life, but not before the Mental Health Act almost ended it
Government pledges to monitor autism employment gap - for the first time
How far can reasonable adjustments address health inequalities?
Reasonable adjustments are adaptations and accommodations that should, in theory, minimise disadvantages faced by disabled people in education, employment, and housing, as well as services such as shops, hospitals, and banks. Darren Devine discusses how reasonable adjustments could look for people with a learning disability - but how far can they address health inequalities?
Reflections on Panorama: "I recognised the playground taunts, the mocking, and the laughter that I experienced when I was at school"
Advocacy funding announced as use of segregation, restraint and seclusion highlighted again
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.