People with autism are being locked away in institutions. A radical change is needed

My panel oversees reviews into detention cases of people with autism. I see how the system fails those it should help Sheila Hollins is emeritus professor of psychiatry of learning disability at St George’s...

DWP urged to reveal algorithm that ‘targets’ disabled for benefit fraud

Disabled people are being subjected to stressful checks and months of frustrating bureaucracy after being identified as potential benefit fraudsters by an algorithm the government is refusing to disclose...

Deaths of people treated under the Mental Health Act rose during pandemic

The number of deaths of people being treated under the Mental Health Act in England rose during the coronavirus pandemic, estimates suggest. The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) findings come amid...

Category - Disability

Why I secretly taped my disability assessment

Every month 60,000 ill and disabled people have their needs assessed for benefits. Some are so worried about the process that they are using mobile phones to secretly record those interviews, critics say. But using that evidence to overturn a...

SEN reform; for better or worse?

In the last twelve months there have been a number of developments in the review of legislation for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).The much-awaited Children and Families Bill has become the 2014 Children and Families...