NAS: Hidden crisis: Autistic people four times more likely to be lonely than general public (30 April 2018)

New research from the National Autistic Society suggests people with autism are amongst the most isolated and lonely people in the UK. The charity compared the results of their latest survey of almost 900 people with autism with data from the Government. Findings indicate that someone with autism is four times more likely to be lonely than someone without autism.

Read more here.

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Learning Disability Community of Practice Conference 2018

Bookings are now open for this year’s conference, taking place on Thursday 21 June. We are also looking for local people to share their work at the conference by either presenting or producing a poster. The closing date for applications is 11 May.

Find out more about and book your place here.

VODG: Awareness and adjustments are key to tackling health inequalities

Greater awareness of the health issues experienced by disabled people and the use of reasonable adjustments are vital if individuals are to have better health outcomes. These are among the good practice steps for health and care staff outlined in a new publication released today.

The VODG discussion paper, Tackling Health Inequalities, sets out what social care providers believe can help or hinder the health treatment of people supported.

Find out more from VODG.