Elections Bill risks the disenfranchisement of people with a learning disability

Dr Mark Brookes MBE, Advocacy Lead at Dimensions UK, discusses the implications of the Elections Bill and measures to introduce voter ID on voter participation for people with a learning disability As part of the government’s proposed Elections Bill, new laws would require voters to show photo ID at polling stations. Worryingly, this new requirement has the potential to exclude […]

Competition launched to develop sustainable retirement solutions

A competition has been launched to help develop solutions that bring together and harness the best in technology, architecture, finance and health and care provision, to create financially, socially and environmentally sustainable elderly care. The Silver Linings Competition aims to find catalyst ideas that can then be developed into solutions that help make older persons […]

How Evidence Can Be Trumped by a Suspect’s Atypical Behavior

For these individuals, justice might not be done. KEY POINTS Sometimes, a suspect’s non-normative or atypical behavior influences decision-making in investigative and courtroom contexts. Autistic adults sometimes display behavioral characteristics that are commonly, and erroneously, associated with an intention to deceive. Reliance by legal decision-makers on a suspect’s misleading behavioral cues can bias the direction […]

Offers put in on Calderdale properties to create new children’s homes

Calderdale could soon have two more small-scale children’s homes, enabling the authority to house more of its looked-after children who need placements to remain in the borough. One home opened earlier this year and will soon house a fourth young person, while work is under way to buy two more properties to convert into similar […]

New smart homes rolled out to support people with disabilities

A new initiative backed by Innovate UK will see the creation of purpose-built smart homes that respond to the needs of people with learning difficulties, autism, mental health issues or physical disabilities to enable them to live independently. The Smile Homes, created by ADS Independent Living Solutions, feature sensors and devices to assist with day-to-day […]

£12.6 million 70-bed care home to be built in Telford

A £12.6 million purpose-built care home with supported living facilities is to be built in Telford after plans were approved. A planning application for a 70-bed care home – with 12 specialist care apartments – has been approved by Telford & Wrekin Council. The development, at Randlay, will be delivered by Birmingham-based developer Urban Village […]

Post-pandemic: What changes will remain in place?

In the first of a series of interviews carried out for CHP by QCS, Daniel Casson, Digital Transformation Advisor, Care England, forecasts both the future challenges that the sector faces and the changes that will remain in place once the pandemic subsides. Grounds for optimism in the pandemic have been few and far between. But […]

Hope for a Grand Explanatory Theory of Cognitive Disease?

A just-published series of mouse studies by MIT researchers suggests that a missing or defective Ptchd1 gene may underlie a number of common cognitive impairments. The researchers, Dheeraj Roy, Ying Zhang, Guoping Feng, et al, using CRISPR-cas9 gene editing, disabled the Ptchd1 gene in mice and found that it caused behaviors akin to those seen in individuals […]

Jersey families waiting 20 months for an autism assessment

One of the children waiting for an assessment is nine-year-old Kyla.Credit: ITV Channel TV Waiting times for an autism assessment in Jersey have shot up from three and a half months in the first quarter of 2020, to 20 months post-pandemic.There are currently 73 children waiting for an assessment. The government say they are working to […]


Plans for a pair of care homes look set to get the green light next week (11 August 2021). Kings Road Investments Ltd, supported by Strathmore Estates, submitted plans to North East Lincolnshire Council earlier this year for development on a site at the corner of Louth Road and Station Road in New Waltham. Planning […]