Sunday, 20 November 2011

News!

It's been a quiet few weeks for autism in the news but here's a brief round-up of recent headlines:

Bishops came out to criticise the Welfare Reform Bill - however, they really didn't go far enough as they stopped short of defending people with disability in their criticism: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-15808922

The NAS issued a statement saying there have been 'new victories' following their campaign for adults with autism claiming of DLA (soon to be PIP) - as with the Bishops, we don't feel NAS have gone far enough: http://www.autism.org.uk/news-and-events/news-from-the-nas/new-victories-for-our-campaign-to-protect-dla.aspx

 Citizens Advice Scotland have called on all political parties to re-affirm their commitment to the principles of the welfare state: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-15790806

Keith Duffy has quite his high-profile role in Corrie to spent more time at home with his son and daughter, who is autistic: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-15790806

Anna Kennedy highlighted the scandal of the bullying autistic children face in mainstream schools during anti-bullying week: http://annakonline.com/ako-partners/childline/scandal-of-mainstream-schools-failing-to-tackle-bullying-of-kids-with-autism

Peterborough County Council approved a new school for mainly autistic pupils:  http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/education/peterborough_special_school_is_approved_by_government_1_3253332

Sadly Suffolk County Council announced £50m cuts, £15m to come out of the adult social care budget - this is very worrying news: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-15743025

And to end on a positive note:

Rafa Benetez opened the new Wirral Centre, which will provide much needed support for adults and their families in the Wirral and across other counties: http://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/9362682.Former_Reds_boss_Rafa_opens_new_Wirral_centre_for_autism/


More next week - we hope you've had a good weekend!

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