‘Broken’ care system for most vulnerable – BBC News

‘Patients with mental health problems, autism and learning disabilities are being let down by a “broken” care system, a report warns.’

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BBC News, 21st May 2019

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Mother crowd funds legal action after autistic son “forced to wear fluorescent yellow bib” at school – Local Government Lawyer

‘The mother of a seven-year-old boy is crowd funding a legal challenge against a council, claiming he was “forced to wear a fluorescent yellow bib at school so teachers and the children in the playground where aware, that he is autistic”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th April 2019

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Mother sues over daughter’s suicide attempt in school isolation booth – The Guardian

Posted April 3rd, 2019 in attempts, autism, detention, mental health, news, school children, suicide by sally

‘A woman whose daughter tried to kill herself while in an isolation booth at an academy school is to take legal action against the government.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2019

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Advertising watchdog rules fake autism ‘cure’ adverts must stop – BBC News

‘Advertising watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ordered 150 homeopaths operating in the UK to stop claiming they can cure autism.’

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BBC News, 22nd March 2019

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Colette McCulloch inquest: Autistic woman’s death ‘avoidable tragedy’ – BBC News

Posted March 22nd, 2019 in alcohol abuse, autism, care homes, inquests, news, road traffic by tracey

‘The death of an autistic woman hit by a lorry on the A1 was an “avoidable tragedy”, an inquest has heard.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2019

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CQC rebuked for failure to prosecute charity over care home abuse – The Guardian

‘The health and social care regulator has been heavily criticised for issuing only a fixed penalty notice to a charity that ran a care home where autistic people were taunted, bullied and humiliated.’

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The Guardian, 10th March 2019

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Autism charity escapes prosecution over care home bullying – The Guardian

Posted March 8th, 2019 in autism, bullying, care homes, news, penalties, prosecutions by sally

‘A charity that ran a care home where autistic people were taunted, bullied and humiliated by staff has escaped prosecution over its failings.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2019

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Autistic people angry at having to disclose diagnosis to DVLA even if driving not affected – The Guardian

‘The National Autistic Society (NAS) is challenging a decision by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to force autistic people to inform them of their diagnosis even if it does not affect their driving.’

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2019

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Home Office refuses to let great-grandparents remain in UK – The Guardian

Posted January 18th, 2019 in appeals, autism, children, deportation, families, grandparents, human rights, immigration, news by tracey

‘The Home Office is trying to separate a couple from their four British children, 11 grandchildren and a great-grandchild by forcing them to return to Iran.’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2019

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High Court to scrutinise restrictions on areas where P has capacity – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted December 11th, 2018 in autism, consent, Court of Protection, families, learning difficulties, news by sally

‘Mr Justice Hayden has handed down a judgment concerning LC, a young woman with autism and significant learning disabilities. During the course of proceedings which had lasted five years LC was assessed as having capacity to consent to sexual relations, marry, and make decisions about contraception; but to lack the capacity to make other decisions such as to conduct the proceedings, make decisions about her residence and about her contact with men. As a facet of LC’s autism she was preoccupied with seeking out sexual encounters and a care plan was formulated which permitted LC to have unsupervised contact with others. As the judge observed with “the enormous benefit of hindsight” this led to LC’s safety and dignity being compromised and placed an intolerable burden on those supervising her. The plan attracted significant public criticism. LC now resides in a care home but is able to spend time with her husband. In a sensitive judgment Hayden J endorsed LC’s treatment plan and directed a report from a female clinical psychologist, noting the obligation under the Mental Capacity Act to take steps to promote decision making capacity.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 6th November 2018

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A tendency to physical abuse: Upper Tribunal clarifies scope of Equality Act in education context — Katie Ayres – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Upper Tribunal decision in of C&C v Governing Body [2018] UKUT 269 (AAC) has provided important clarification to the scope of the Equality Act 2010 in an education context.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th November 2018

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The limits of doctors’ liability for wrongful birth – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Khan v MNX [2017] EWHC 2990 (QB). The Court of Appeal has held that a mother who consults a doctor in order to avoid the birth of a child with one disability may not recover damages for the costs associated with a different disability.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th November 2018

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Minister Orders Urgent Investigation Into Autistic And Learning Disabled Patients Being Locked Up – Rights Info

‘The Health Secretary has ordered a review into the use of seclusion and segregation in the care of people with learning disabilities and autism in secure hospitals.’

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Rights Info, 5th November 2018

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Supreme Court to hear case on deprivations of liberty, community treatment orders – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Supreme Court will next week consider whether a statutory power to impose conditions amounting to a deprivation of liberty can ever lawfully be “implied”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th October 2018

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Reporting restrictions on Bethany’s dad – children’s rights or concealing system failure? – Transparency Project

‘On Saturday, the Times reported: ‘Father beats legal bid to silence him over autistic girl in hospital “cell” ‘ [paywall]. Social affairs editor, Greg Hirst, reported that Jeremy (who is not using his surname publicly) succeeded in contesting an application by Walsall Metropolitan County Borough Council for an injunction to stop his social media campaign that is drawing attention to the plight of his 17-year-old-daughter.’

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Transparency Project, 16th October 2018

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Upper Tribunal finds Equality Act exclusion discriminates against autistic children – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 16th, 2018 in autism, children, disability discrimination, education, equality, news, tribunals by sally

‘The Upper Tribunal has held that regulations under the Equality Act 2010 excluding children who have a ‘tendency to physical abuse’ from its protection give rise to unlawful discrimination under Article 14 ECHR.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th August 2018

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School discriminated against expelled autistic boy, judge rules – The Guardian

‘Children with special needs who have been excluded from schools for aggressive behaviour linked to their condition are being discriminated against, a judge has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2018

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Parents win legal battle over inquest into death of autistic daughter – The Guardian

Posted May 30th, 2018 in autism, coroners, inquests, news, recusal by sally

‘The family of an autistic woman who died after being hit by a lorry while in the care of a private residential home has won a legal battle to replace the coroner overseeing her inquest.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2018

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Family seek to replace ‘sarcastic’ coroner after autistic daughter died – The Guardian

Posted May 10th, 2018 in autism, care homes, coroners, inquests, news by sally

‘A family have begun judicial review proceedings to replace a “combative and sarcastic” coroner they say is blocking a full inquest into how their autistic daughter died while in the care of an NHS-funded private care home.’

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The Guardian, 10th May 2018

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Scouts pay out £42,000 over 11-year-old’s autism claim – BBC News

Posted March 26th, 2018 in autism, children, compensation, news by tracey

‘An 11-year-old boy has received £42,000 in compensation after his family said his cub scout group discriminated against him for having autism.’

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BBC News, 26th March 2018

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