The Conversation: Too many children with autism are let down by schools and end up in prison

For many young people, school can be a difficult place. And for some, it can be just about impossible. Negative experiences in school can have harmful long-term effects on pupils with autism spectrum conditions.

Official figures show that children, are increasingly being suspended or expelled from school because of “behavioural problems” – many of which include children on the autism spectrum. Some regions in the UK have experienced a 100% increase in these types of exclusions since 2011.

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LDToday: Parliamentary committee calls for greater protection from online learning disability hate crime


The Petitions Committee, a parliamentary committee of the House of Commons, has published its report “Online abuse and the experience of disabled people”. The report reveals the extreme level of abuse that disabled people receive online, calling for legislative change to give them same protections as those who suffer hate crime due to race or religion.

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Supported Loving Website


Supported Loving now has a brand new website. For people with learning disabilities finding love is often more than just chemistry – it can come down to getting the right support from your staff. The Supported Loving Campaign, set up by Choice Support, highlights the importance of good support in helping people with learning disabilities find love.

The new website has regular podcasts from people with learning disabilities, service providers, professionals and the Supported Loving Team to discussion important topics such as sex and relationships for people with learning disabilities. The blog includes many voices and stories from being transgender, what love is, life in the LBGTI LD community, how families and parents can help, finding love and lots more!

Supported Loving also invite you to join their network, made up of organisations and individuals who are passionate about improving good support for adults with learning disabilities. Join here and find out more about the network.

The Big Learning Disability Survey.


Mencap are inviting people with a learning disability to take part in the first national survey of people with a learning disability in 15 years!The survey offers the chance for people with a learning disability to share their experiences and what’s important to them, including sections on friendships and relationships as well as health, employment and inclusion. It was fully co-produced by people with a learning disability and the findings will be shared later in the summer.

Take part in this important survey here. 

For more information, Easy Read FAQs, supporter guidelines and the Welsh language version of the survey visit here, and if you would like any more information or have any questions you can email the Research team at: research@mencap.org.uk.