Apr 022011

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The United Nations declared April 2nd World Autism Awareness Day, to increase and develop world knowledge of autism. By bringing together autism organisations all around the world, we will give a voice to the millions of individuals worldwide who are undiagnosed, misunderstood and looking for help. Please join us in our effort to make this possible.

In the UK

From Autismspeaks.org.uk

we must persuade governments to recognise autism as distinct from other conditions, deserving urgent strategic planning, policy development, and dedicated resource allocation. One in a hundred people have autism yet the services and support available to them and their carers are woefully inadequate. All too often autism is not properly understood as a distinct condition and the needs of people affected by autism are not recognised.

The impact of this on individuals can be devastating and it also has a wide social impact. Research suggests that autism costs the UK £28 billion pounds a year. We believe that investing in supporting people to make a full contribution to society and to realise their full potential can significantly reduce this figure. We want everyone to STAND UP FOR AUTISM and call upon governments in each of the devolved nations of the UK to take action to ensure: individuals with autism are not unfairly discriminated against and their rights as people with disabilities as well as citizens are promoted; that action is taken to remove barriers to access and address the communication and sensory needs of people with autism – including raising public awareness; the numbers of people with autism are counted to ensure equality of provision of, and access to, services and support; adequate research funds are made available to increase understanding of autism and develop appropriate interventions and support; that resources are made available to support those living with autism and to ensure those working with people with autism are appropriately trained.

By John Rowley for Nicky Clark with her script highlighting issues surrounding her children who have Autism.

Apr 022011

The Guardian has been told that unemployed people are being tricked into breaching the rules so that benefits can be held back.

A whistleblower said staff at his jobcentre were given targets of three people a week to refer for sanctions, where benefits are removed for up to six months. He said it was part of a “culture change” since last summer that had led to competition between advisers, teams and regional offices.

“Suddenly you’re not helping somebody into sustainable employment, which is what you’re employed to do,” he said. “You’re looking for ways to trick your customers into ‘not looking for work’. You come up with many ways. I’ve seen dyslexic customers given written job searches, and when they don’t produce them – what a surprise – they’re sanctioned. The only target that anyone seems to care about is stopping people’s money.


The claims came as the big businesses handed contracts to get the long term jobless into worktoday said the government should privatise jobcentres so that their firms could work with people who have been jobless for less than a year.

Statistics from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show the total number of cases where people have lost their benefits has soared since the beginning of 2010 to 75,000 in October, the latest month available. The figures also reveal the number of claimants with registered disabilities being cut off has more than doubled to almost 20,000 over the same period.

Watch the video and the full article at the Guardian.

You can read the statistics behind how jobseekers are being ‘tricked’ out of benefits to meet staff targets