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#1 iggy


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Posted 19 September 2010 - 02:38 PM

Hi everyone

Please note that tomorrow (Monday 20.9.10) BBC NI Radio and TV (Reporter: Marie-Louise Connolly) is covering a major story on the lack of services for families living with ASD in Northern Ireland.


· BBC Radio Ulster from 7am on Good Morning Ulster Programme (94.5 fm)

· BBC Radio News Bulletins throughout the day.

· BBC TV Newsline from 6.30pm.

It is critical that families are alerted immediately to listen and respond to the report in substantial numbers, with passion and evidence.

The issue?

The BBC have investigated the alleged lack of Carers Assessments being offered to and completed with families with children with ASD. The investigation was launched after the recent landmark Judicial Decision that found against WHSCT in that the Trust had breached their duty under the Children’s Order regarding ASD Carers Assessments.

The report?

The BBC investigation contacted all Health Trusts about the numbers of Cares Assessments completed for families with children with ASD and received relatively small numbers in response to their query. This alerted the BBC to the fact that few Assessments may have been carried out and that this may reflect a serious inequality of status, treatment and provision within the disability sector. The BBC is reporting that parents with children with ASD are not being told of their entitlement to these Assessments, that some professionals appear to have been told not to tell families of their entitlement and that access to the required services detailed in any completed Assessments is limited or absent. Marie-Louise Connolly has recorded interviews with local families.

The dispute?

The findings of the BBC investigation are being strongly disputed.

The outcome?

If the BBC investigation goes unsupported, it will be concluded that there is no inequality or lack of access to services for children with ASD and no difficulty regarding the outcomes of the Carer’s Assessment process.

If the BBC investigation is supported, it will be concluded that further Judicial Decisions will be inevitable across Northern Ireland putting the Department of Health under pressure to revise resources allocated to ASD.

Your choice?

To be silent or to make your voice heard.


Let’s make this easy for maximum impact!

Don’t leave this to others as they may be leaving it to you!

Text BBC NI on: 81771

Telephone BBC NI on: 02890338000 (main switchboard)

But please use whatever route into the BBC that you can......email, other contacts, fax etc.
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#2 madferretlady


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Posted 06 August 2013 - 09:40 PM

hello iggy - are you still here? 3 years is a long time! I am also from NI, and currently bewailing lack of education services for ASD kids whose social anxieties mean they cannot physically attend school. Any thoughts?


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