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The National Autistic Society comments on The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper

The National Autistic Society comments on the Government’s newly announced plans to get more disabled people into work following The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper. Last week the charity launched a campaign to close the autism employment gap with a research report, statistics and an affecting film. Mark Lever, Chief Executive at the National Autistic Society, said: “Today’s [31/10/16] announcement starts ... Read More »

Bingo and blow-up boobs help women with learning disabilities attend breast screening

Yarrow charity today launched a breast cancer awareness initiative for women with learning disabilities amid evidence that their uptake of breast screening is below the national average. In an attempt to make the titillating topic more accessible for women with learning disabilities, the charity hosted a Breast Awareness Tea Party involving bingo and blow-up boobs. Over 60 women and their ... Read More »

Audio drama by ‘Life You Choose’ shortlisted in the Audio Verse Awards 2016

The arts and multimedia group for adults with learning difficulties could receive an award for their supernatural thriller ‘Who’s Johnny Long Arms’ in the international competition. Life You Choose Community Interest Company is a not for profit organisation, providing support to adults with learning difficulties so they are able to participate in Arts and Multimedia based projects aimed at improving quality of life. The Audio Verse ... Read More »

“I’m not unemployable, I’m autistic”

New video launches after charity finds full-time autism employment rate has stagnated at under 16% over the last decade  Video ‘Could you stand the rejection?’ puts you in the shoes of Max, a young autistic man, as he goes through a series of job interviews where people do not understand his autism 19 year old Max’s own story shows how ... Read More »

Forestry Commission Scotland and Light Bulb Arts create a big book of ideas

Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) and social enterprise company Light Bulb Arts are encouraging teachers and outdoor educators to be more adventurous in the woodlands with the launch of a new woodland activity book for children with autism and severe and complex learning difficulties. FCS and Light Bulb Arts which delivers a range of art classes in Edinburgh, based on sound ... Read More »

ParalmympicGB athletes with learning disabilities win 12 medals despite event restrictions

Just 3 out of 23 sports open to athletes with a learning disability – Mencap petition calls for more events to be opened up. 8% of medals (12 out of 147) won by Team GB at the Paralympics were won by athletes with a learning disability, despite them making up just 3% of the overall Team GB. This success adds ... Read More »

Axcis Education continues sponsorship of the National Autistic Society

Axcis Education, the UK leader in special education needs recruitment, has today announced its continued partnership with The National Autistic Society for a further two years, as well as continued exclusive sponsorship of Network Autism. The network is the charity’s vital online service created to bring autism professionals together across over 12 professional sectors and from 90 countries. Part of ... Read More »

Twins’ different journeys end up bringing them back together

A set of twins who have had very different lives have been brought back closely together – thanks to an Essex social care provider. Although the lives of Pav Hughes and her brother, Jags Kalsi, are worlds apart, they both have one thing in common – Outlook Care. Outlook Care provides support and care to people with a learning disability, ... Read More »

Autistic travellers face lack of support at UK airports

The UK’s busiest airports are failing to provide adequate support for autistic travellers according to a new survey. With school holidays in full swing and millions of families travelling by plane this summer, the survey of the UK’s 30 busiest airports by sensory equipment specialists Experia, found that only one third offer sufficient autism-friendly facilities. Despite autism affecting an estimated ... Read More »

Options Malvern View celebrates national recognition

A service in Malvern for young people on the autism spectrum is celebrating after receiving one of a handful of special national commendations for the high quality support it offers. Options Malvern View, which is part of the Options Adolescent to Adult Life Preparation Service (AALPS), supports young adults with a range of needs to live as independently as possible. ... Read More »

Over 170 runners climb 36 floors of London’s Walkie Talkie for charity challenge

On July 17, over 170 people from across the UK climbed London’s famous ‘Walkie Talkie’ skyscraper to raise money to help people with a learning disability get in to the world of work. Runners climbed the 828 steps of the landmark, otherwise known as 20 Fenchurch Street, to reach the exclusive Sky Garden, Europe’s highest roof garden, where they were ... Read More »

4 out of 5 People with Learning Disabilities Supported by Hft say Personalised Technology Helps Them Feel Safer

National charity Hft is using connected care solutions from Tunstall to enhance the lives of people living with learning disabilities.  Hft, a national charity aiming to give people with learning disabilities the opportunity to live the best life possible, is working with Tunstall Healthcare to provide the people it supports with personalised technology solutions that allow them to live more ... Read More »