Category Archives: autism

Patients 'imprisoned' in care homes, report finds

The committee said it was “very concerned by what we heard about the safeguards”


The report highlighted the case of Steven Neary, who has autism and a severe learning difficulty.

Vulnerable adults are being kept virtual prisoners in care homes because of misuse of mental health laws, a House of Lords committee says.

The report expressed serious concerns that safeguards brought in to protect vulnerable patients are actually being used to “oppress” them.

It looked at how reforms passed in 2005 are working, but called for a new system to be drawn up from scratch.

The Ministry of Justice said it welcomed the report.

Royal Caribbean Is Latest Entrant into Autism-Friendly Travel


Autism-friendly travel

PHOTO: Royal Caribbeans "Serenade of the Seas" ship.

Royal Caribbean is riding high on the waves after a leading travel organization distinguished it as the first official autism-friendly cruise line. The announcement is the latest acknowledgement of a growing number of autism-friendly travel offerings industry wide.

“When you think about accessibility on a cruise line, you often think about physical, visual and hearing disabilities,” said Ron Pettit, manager of ADA and Accessibility Compliance for Royal Caribbean International. “But we want to make sure we are offering services to all of our guests. When we noticed a trend a while back with land-based hotels and movie theaters offering more autism-friendly programs, we immediately wondered, ‘well, what can we do about this here?'”

Since then the company has been working to incorporate programs and amenities that follow guidelines provided by Autism on the Seas, the leading travel organization catering to vacationers with autism and other developmental disabilities.

‘They just went so far above and beyond’ – railway workers make dream come true for autistic Norwich schoolboy

Charlie Baker, 8, of Norwich, enjoyed a dream day out thanks to East Coast Trains


Monday, February 24, 2014
6:30 AM


Charlie Baker, 8, of Norwich, enjoyed a dream day out thanks to East Coast Trains Train-obsessed Charlie Baker was chuffed to bits when railway workers made his dreams come true.


Charlie Baker, 8, of Norwich, enjoyed a dream day out thanks to East Coast Trains

The autistic Norwich eight-year-old is fanatical about East Coast Trains – and is not interested in any other types of locomotive.

His mum Caroline Briscoe, 39, said his laser-focused enthusiasm can make it a nightmare to buy gifts for him.

She decided to write to East Coast Trains for help and was stunned when three parcels of train goodies, including hats, mugs and mousemats, arrived by recorded delivery in time for Christmas.

And after she wrote to thank staff, they went one better and invited Charlie for a dream day out at King’s Cross Station in London to try out their train simulator.

Miss Briscoe, who lives off Old Palace Road, said the gesture was “incredible” and they went to the capital on Saturday.