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Our Week Online 01/09/2019

Hello and welcome to Our Week Online. Apologies for the long gap since Eleanor’s final post. I’ve got very capable shoes to fill! It’s been something of a slow week in an otherwise jam-packed month. For a more comprehensive look at the news stay tuned for our newsletter tomorrow!

Fota Park recently became the first tourist destination in Ireland to receive accreditation as an autism friendly space.

Scotland’s leading vaccines expert has warned that fears of autism has led to a dramatic drop in vaccination. He urges parents to look past misinformation in favour of their child’s health.

Inspections by the Mental Health Commission of inpatient centres in three counties have revealed what it calls the “stark contrast” between conditions in a Co Galway unit and other facilities in Kildare and Louth. Causes for concern included lack of privacy, overcrowding and insufficient records.

Limerick campaigners urge better provision for mental health after a notable uptake in suicide attempts along the Shannon. 

A Canadian study concluded that: “differences between individuals
with autism and those without the diagnosis have decreased over time and that possible
changes in the definition of autism from a narrowly defined and homogenous population
toward an inclusive and heterogeneous population may reduce our capacity to build
mechanistic models of the condition.”

Consequently figures such as Tom Clements argued autism was over-diagnosed and the study exposed a weakness in the model of neurodiversity. Other members of the community were quick to respond that Clements’ understanding of the study and of neurodiversity lacked nuance. 

One from our archives.

The motion for Blue Badge Parking permits to be extended to ‘people with hidden disabilities’ in the UK were last year introduced. Jane Harris, director of external affairs at the National Autistic Society, said the change would “make a massive difference to the lives of many of the 600,000 autistic people in England, and their families”.

The criteria were changed in England, Scotland and Wales, but have yet to be addressed in Northern Ireland.

 

 

by - 1 September, 2019

Last updated by - September 24, 2019

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