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See why this video of a dancing teenager with autism has gone viral

Sam Forbes, a teenager with autism, has become known as the "dancing barrista" thanks to a video that has gone viral on YouTube. The 17-year-old said …

£10m project to help young people with autism find work

<b>A £10m project to help young people with learning disabilities and autism into employment launches on Thursday.</b><p>The five-year Engage to Change project will work with 800 employers in Wales to help 1,000 people develop their employment skills.<p>They will be offered paid work placements lasting between …

Autism

Play puts life with a learning disability centre stage

Up Down Man, written for an actor with Down’s syndrome, celebrates people with learning disabilities without dodging difficult realities<p>Up Down Man<i>,</i> at the Salisbury Playhouse until March 12, is about Matty, a young adult with Down’s syndrome. Its lead actor, Nathan Bessell, who plays Matty, has …

Madeline Stuart Takes a Stand to End Bullying

Madeline Stuart, the world-famous professional model with Down syndrome, is paying it forward.<p>After walking the runway at New York Fashion Week last …

‘Preparing to Prescribe’, an online implementation toolkit for non-medical prescribers

More than 40,000 nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, optometrists, and therapeutic radiographers are now able to prescribe medicines. …

Photo exhibition capturing lives of people with learning disabilities opens in Bradford

AN EXHIBITION of photographs capturing people with learning disabilities and autism has gone on display at the National Media Museum.<p>Great …

Autism Without Fear: Don't Get TOO Excited About Autism Employment Initiatives

Over the last five years, many new non-profits (and for-profits with consciences) have formed to answer the 75-85% unemployment rate endured by adults on the autism spectrum. Furthermore, these fledgling autism organizations--addressing <i>only</i> our employment issues--are not "trees falling in the …

Christopher Eccleston plays a granddad in Peter Bowker’s thoughtful and funny autism drama The A Word

He’s only 52 but former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston is playing a granddad for the first time.<p>Advertisement<p>He is Maurice in new BBC1 drama …

Autism

Autism and Asperger provision in Wales 'patchy', charity says

<b>Service provision for the 34,000 people with autism and Asperger syndrome in Wales is "patchy", a charity has said.</b><p>The National Autistic Society Cymru told the Newyddion 9 programme the Welsh government had lost momentum since unveiling its 2008 autism strategy.<p>It said 63% of those recently …

Autism

Deprivation of liberty and young people – what social workers need to know

Picture: fresnel6/fotolia<p><b>by Neil Allen, barrister at 39 Essex Chambers</b><p>The significance of deprivation of liberty for children’s and transition …

Born To Be Different revisits six youngsters born with disabilities in emotional documentary

Heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure, this emotive documentary follows the lives of six remarkable children who were all born with …

How 2016 is set to be a breakthrough year for actors with autism on stage and screen

ES Lifestyle Newsletter<p>Jules Robertson is revealing how he broke Twitter. “The reaction has been really good, really positive. I get the best lines …

People with learning disabilities are still not recognised as fully human

My son, Connor Sparrowhawk’s death in a Winterbourne View-type unit was preventable. We don’t need a commissioner to enforce pledges on better treatment. Just treat everyone as a human being<p>Stephen Bubb’s report last week on the Winterbourne View scandal is his third in the last 18 months …

Women with autism: do they really suffer less than men?

Are autistic women the ultimate masters of disguise? New research suggests women could face yet another gender-related disadvantage.<p>Full-time …

Matthew Garnett: Autistic teenager stuck inside psychiatric unit for six months 'is being kept like a prisoner'

The family of an autistic teenager who has spent the last six months stuck inside a psychiatric unit say he is being kept “like a prisoner”.<p>Matthew …

New Skylanders Toys Released to Benefit Autism Awareness

Activision has announced a new Skylanders-based initiative to help raise awareness for autism. The company is releasing new "Light it up Blue" Skylanders toys for April's Autism Awareness Month. The new line of SuperChargers toys are blue and white, modeled after Autism Speaks' official colors.<p>The …

Autism

Cop Helps Teen With Down Syndrome Feel Comfortable With Law Enforcement

Mallory Hamilton’s 19-year-old daughter Harley has Down syndrome and autism, and after an incident at a local movie theater, Hamilton began to wonder …

Cheerleader asks autistic friend to prom with cookie cake

A Florida cheerleader created a “promposal” using a cookie cake to ask her friend from her school’s special education classroom to the big dance.<p>In a video taken Friday, January 29, Mikal Bartosik, 17, comes into the classroom and shows Jonathan, 18, the cake, which he reads: “Will you go to the …

Autism

Microsoft launches scheme to hire people with autism in the UK: Firm is looking for 10 autistic employees to boost its diversity

• <b>Pilot scheme will recruit 10 people with autism or Asperger syndrome</b>• <b><br>They will be based at the firm's offices across the country</b>• <b><br>UK scheme will be</b> …

Autistic boy left on locked ward for six months in 'breach of human rights'

ES News Email<p>TV presenter Tanya Byron is among thousands of people supporting a family’s fight to secure the right care for their autistic teenage …

Mental Health

Photography exhibition captures the everyday moments and milestones for people with disabilities

THERE are around 1.5 million people in the UK with a learning disability and 700,000 with autism. Photographer Polly Braden has spent two years …

Autism

Man with learning disabilities 'treated like an animal' by care home

Managers of two Devon care homes subjected vulnerable residents to organised and systematic abuse, jury hears<p>A man with learning disabilities told police he felt like an animal when he was “imprisoned” in a “disgusting and cold” isolation room at a care home, a jury has heard.<p>The man, who cannot be …

When this woman with Down’s Syndrome got stage fright, her friend saved the day in the best possible way

<b>When this woman suddenly froze up on stage during her speech, her superhero friend stepped in and saved the day in the best possible way.</b><p>Suzy …

Watch tearful dad's inspirational Facebook video defending people with Down Syndrome

A tearful father gives a powerful lesson on living with Down's Syndrome in this moving video.<p>Robb Scott felt compelled to speak out after he …

World's oldest man with Down's syndrome was left as baby by doctors who thought he was stillborn

He was left for dead at birth by doctors who thought he was stillborn.<p>But more than seven decades on, Kenny Cridge is the world's oldest living man …

Down's syndrome "not misconceptions

A mother is trying to challenge misconceptions about Down's syndrome, as government ministers debate whether to offer pregnant women a new, and more accurate, test to detect the condition.<p>It has been suggested the new test may lead to an increase in abortions, although this has been questioned by …

Cornwall

Thousands of trained learning disability carers needed

Daily news focus<p>Nursing is set to be at the forefront of “revolutionary” changes in haemophilia care, but the profession still carries a burden of …

Autism

Vulnerable disabled people 'kept in asylums despite community care pledge'

Thousands of people with learning disabilities are still languishing in institutions, despite Government promises to provide care for them in the …

Learning disabilities treatment care is 'shocking'

<b>Treatment of some people with learning disabilities in hospitals and care homes is "intolerable", a review of the sector in England has found.</b><p>Sir Stephen Bubb had recommended moving people to community care and a charter of rights, after the abuse scandal at Winterbourne View care home in 2011.<p>In …

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