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“Horrifying” practices have been exposed that purport to cure people with autism, during which clients are subjected to shouting and intimidation.

An undercover researcher posing as a man with autism was verbally abused and mimicked by a trainer for hours.

The BBC investigated after hearing of a Hungarian firm selling training to “cure” and treat autism in London.

Campaigners are calling on the government to regulate the industry further to protect people with autism.

Jozsef Kanta offered autism mind-training from premises in London, founded, he claimed, on methods developed by Stabil Pont Technologia, based near Budapest in Hungary.

Mr Kanta claimed the researcher’s autism could be cured through a series of training sessions costing £3,500.

Mr Kanta said he was able to remove autism by locating the client’s “inner trauma”, but that could take 60 sessions or more.

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Make no mistake – this is a plan to stop people who deserve sickness and disability benefits from getting them. It is a continuation of the old Iain Duncan Smith “chequebook euthanasia &…

Source: Tories propose new plan to stop the sick and suicidal from receiving life-saving benefit payments | Vox Political

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A press release:

London, UK: Business Disability Forum has responded to reports of a London man attempting to ‘cure autism’ with a reminder to companies that the condition is not an illness that is ‘treated’ and that trying to approach it as such is harmful and counterintuitive.

Instead it is a difference in the human condition that in the workplace can be approached productively with great benefits for employers and employees.

The techniques employed by a Hungarian firm based in London have already been described as ‘abusive’ by the BBC:

Business Disability Forum would add that viewing autism as a problem is a mistake and that businesses can benefit hugely by embracing it as a difference.

Employers should be prepared to make adjustments for employees with autism, instead of attempting to force a ‘square peg into a round hole’, to enable the employee to be comfortable and productive.


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This week alone at least three new names were added to the already too long list of black boys and men killed by law enforcement. Tyree King, a 13-year-old boy from Columbus, Ohio; Terrence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina, were all shot to death by police.

For black men in America, a seemingly run-of-the-mill police stop can turn deadly in a single moment. Now, even the highest court in Massachusetts is acknowledging that black men may reasonably avoid police interaction, even when they’ve done nothing wrong.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruled this week that black men may have a legitimate justification in running from police. The controversial ruling, a noteworthy acknowledgement that black men are treated differently by law enforcement, was part of the analysis in the court’s decision to throw out defendant Jimmy Warren’s gun conviction. From WBUR:


Source: Court rules that black men may have legitimate reason to run from police

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A benefits assessor working for the outsourcing company Capita repeatedly “lied” in her report, after carrying out a face-to-face assessment of a disabled nurse which was observed by her husband, a retired GP. The disabled woman and her husband have asked not to be named – so their claims have not been put to Capita or the Department for Work and Pensions – but they have provided proof to Disability News Service (DNS) that they are both on their respective professional registers. They believe the behaviour of the Capita assessor, herself a registered nurse, makes her unfit to remain in her profession. Although DNS has received a string of credible reports from disabled people who say their benefits assessors lied in reports written after face-to-face medical assessments, this account is particularly credible because the behaviour was witnessed by both a nurse and a doctor. The woman, Mrs A, lodged a complaint with Capita even before she knew the result of the test because she and her

Source: Nurse and her GP husband lodge complaint over ‘lies’ told by Capita PIP assessor | DisabledGo News and Blog

Many parents resort to unproven — even dangerous — alternative treatments for their children’s autism. What drives them?

Source: The seekers: Why parents try fringe therapies for autism | Spectrum

A gene dubbed the ‘Teashirt’ by its discoverers has been identified as a link between children with kidney problems andautism, in a new study which has implications for how doctors working on both conditions administer tests to their patients.

The new paper, published in the journal Nature Genetics, was led by the Developmental Biology Institute of Marseille, collaborating with The University of Manchester, and it describes the effects of mutations of Teashirt in people and mice.

The gene, formally named Tshz3, had already been implicated by the joint research team in 2008 as being essential for development of smooth muscle in the wall of the ureter. Mutant mice were born with ‘blown-up’ kidneys because their ureters failed to actively propel urine down to the bladder.


Source: ‘Teashirt’ gene links autism and kidney problems, new study finds – Medical News Today

Report shows more than three-quarters of practitioners audited in September 2014 had their CPD profiles accepted

Source: How social workers fared in first HCPC audits | Community Care

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