LD News this week

Written by Clare Melvin

Landmark ruling in exclusions court case for Autistic child.

This month a court has delivered a landmark verdict in a school exclusion case, which could help future generations of autistic children get the education they deserve.

The ruling makes clear for the first time that all schools must make sure they have made appropriate adjustments for autistic children, or those with other disabilities, before they can resort to exclusion.


Alison Worsley, director of external affairs at Ambitious About Autism, said children with autism were the most likely SEN group to be suspended.  Campaigners are now calling for better training for schools to deal with ­children with autism.

Upper Tribunal judge Alison Rowley, ruled in favour of a boy identified as L, who was ­temporarily excluded in 2016 for hitting a teaching assistant, she said a ­regulation under the Equality Act that allows schools to exclude pupils for aggression was incompatible with human rights legislation.

You can read more about the case here and at the National Autistic Society (who intervened in the case), and at LD Today.

DRILL Romantic Relationships Research.

The discussion about love, sex and romantic relations for people with learning disabilities and autism or Asperger’s syndrome is spreading!  Following on from Perky, Supported Loving and the CQC inspection questions from last week’s GLLDCOP blog, the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) and My Life My Choice are also doing some research into romantic relationships for people with learning disabilities.

7cda57c3-9df3-4f05-b539-b53c45efdfdbThis research is funded by Disability Research into Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) and the National Lottery.  This project is being completed to find out what helps people with learning disabilities to have romantic relationships. It also wants to find out what stops people with learning disabilities having romantic relationships.  The project has a online questionnaire to hear about the experiences of people with learning disabilities.  The questionnaire is anonymous so if you choose to complete it you will not have to give your name or anything about yourself. Your answers will be anonymous. This means that no one will know that you have taken part in the research or what answers you have given to the questions.

The link to the questionnaire and more information about the research can be found here

New Guidance to help Health Care Staff  safeguard adults at risk of abuse

Health care staff involved in adult safeguarding will be supported to better protect vulnerable adults.  Staff will have three years to meet new professional standards as outlined in Adult Safeguarding: Roles and Competencies for Health Care Staff.

The Royal College of Nursing, asked by NHS England, led on the development of the guidance on behalf of over 30 Royal Colleges.


The guidance document aims to counter both emerging and common forms of abuse, such as “cuckooing”, where unscrupulous people move in and take over someone’s home, possessions and finances, and people trafficking and modern slavery. It also incorporates domestic abuse and internet abuse.

You can read more about the Guidance here and access the full document here.

More News.

  • Inclusive Dance Charity Pioneer nominated for award. Read more about DanceSyndrome here or at LDTday.
  • YouTuber Indie Andy , shares why he thinks is important and what more can be done to make shops and services more autism-friendly. Watch here.
  • have created a short film to raise awareness of Hate Crime towards people with Learning Disabilities and Autism. Watch the full video here.
  • The Head of Learning Disability England says attitudes are partly too blame for care failures.  Read more at the Guardian here.
  • Experts and charities are warning that some children with a learning disability in Northern Ireland are at risk of being left behind due to social and health inequalities. Read more here.



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