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A gifted student who stabbed an autistic teenager to death over a "pathetic" row on social media has been jailed for 21 years. Paul Akinnuoye, 20, from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, traded gay insults with 19-year-old Jordan Wright in a WhatsApp group called "Ice city boyz". The defendant called Mr…
People with learning disabilities helped to deliver a custom-made pair of shoes to the Prime Minister in a bid to encourage Government officials to better understand their lives. The unusual delivery was organised by Hft, a national charity supporting adults with learning disabilities, which has launched a Walk In Our…
The parents of an autistic woman who died after being struck by a lorry have won a legal battle to replace the coroner overseeing her inquest. Colette McCulloch (pictured), 35, was killed on the A1 in July 2016 while she was under the care of a residential care home near…
A range of people with learning disabilities, and those who support them, were honoured at Scotland’s Learning Disability Awards, held in Edinburgh, this past week. The Learning Disability Awards are run by the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability and provide an opportunity to celebrate, on a national level, the rarely…
Diagnosing autism is expensive and time consuming, so a screening tool is used to filter out those people who are unlikely to be diagnosed as autistic. This is all well and good, but our latest research suggests that a widely used screening tool may be biased towards diagnosing more men…
Children with autism may be at risk from bullying because they are more willing to accept unfair behaviour say psychologists. The research by Dr Calum Hartley and Sophie Fisher of Lancaster University involved young children playing trading games with a puppet. In the Ultimatum Game and Dictator Game, the children…
New research from the National Autistic Society suggests that autistic people are among the most isolated and lonely in the UK. The charity compared their new survey of almost 900 autistic people with the Government’s own data and the results indicate that autistic people are four times more likely to…
An anti-psychotic drug prescribed to a teenager caused him to suffer from a rare condition that was a "significant contributory factor" to his death, a coroner has said. The parents of Thomas Oliver McGowan, known as Oliver, say they repeatedly told doctors that on "no account" was the 18-year-old to…
A woman has died after a fire at residential units for adults with learning disabilities. More than 70 firefighters were called to Connington Crescent, Chingford, just before 2.15am on Friday. London Fire Brigade said 12 people left the three-storey block before firefighters arrived. Pictures from the scene show flames pouring…
Hans Asperger, the respected Austrian paediatrician whose name describes a form of high-functioning autism, actively assisted in the murder of disabled children by the Nazis, a new report claims. Asperger's Syndrome, marked by an impaired ability to interact socially with others, tends to affect people of average or above average…
A consultant has told an inquest that anti-psychotic drugs she prescribed to a teenager were "one of the contributing factors" in his death. Thomas Oliver McGowan, 18, who was mildly autistic and had epilepsy and learning difficulties, died at Southmead Hospital in Bristol on November 11 2016. His parents, Tom…
Sharon Jeffreys from the Mental Health Intensive Support Team, NHS Improvement discusses the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)’s learning disabilities guideline and how organisations can work to improve local services. In my former role as a lead commissioner on behalf of four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in…
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