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Expert Autism & Aspergers Rights Solicitors
As one of the UK’s top autism and aspergers solicitors, we are passionate about enforcing the rights of our Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) related clients.
Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is an umbrella term that covers Autism and Aspergers syndrome. Autism is a lifelong incurable condition that affects how an individual makes sense of the world around them, and how they communicate with others.
According, to the National Autism Society there are around 700,000 people on the Autism Spectrum – namely more than nearly 1 in 100.
It is important to note that:
The Autism Act 2009led to The National Autism Strategy for England’s vision statement that “all adults with Autism are able to live fulfilling and rewarding lives.”
The Care Act 2014 placed duties on local authorities for the provision of care for ASD sufferers.
Crucially Regulation 5 of the Care and Support (Assessment) Regulations 2014requires Local Authorities to ensure that a person carrying out an assessment has the skills, knowledge and competence to carry out the assessment in question.
What this means is that Local Authorities should be conducting an Autistic specific assessment. HOWEVER, this rarely if ever, happens.
Instead what happens is a none-autism or Aspergers trained social worker carries out an assessment which is not fit for purpose. This then leads all too often, to a reduction in the level of care given to the person being assessed, who then has their services cut, sometimes to the point of NO services at all.
Alternatively, inadequate assessments can lead to important and therapeutic recreational activities being withdrawn, such as the provision of music sessions.
The end result of inadequate assessments can often place the assessee at risk, and prevent them from having a fulfilling and rewarding life consistent with the Autism Act 2009. Indeed, they can even put the assessee at risk of physical or psychological harm.
This already sorry state of affairs, can all too often be exacerbated because the Provider of Care does not wish to rock the boat with the Local authority for fear of reprisals.
In a nutshell then, these inadequate assessments carried out by persons without proper autism and asperges training, can leave the most vulnerable in society without anywhere or anyone to turn to.
So what can be done?
As one of the top solicitors for autism and asperger rights, we have helped some of the most disadvantaged individuals fight for what they are entitled to.
The Master Josh Wills Case In recent times one of the most notorious injustice cases involved Master Josh Wills, who had been placed in the care of Birmingham Social Services when his family lived in Cornwall. The weekly round trip of 400 miles just to see him could hardly be seen to satisfy the rhetoric of a fulfilling and rewarding life.
Master Wills’s family tirelessly campaigned for years on TV and radio for Justice. The public backlash helped show those in power that Autism could not be brushed under the carpet.
At 2nd Opinion Now, we were part of the success story. We substantially assisted in securing the placement of Master Wills at Spectrum, Cornwall - against the backdrop of Local Authority red tape upon red tape.
A happy ending for him, but what about the thousands of others, whose voice remains unheard?
If you have a loved one who is being disadvantaged and who is not getting his or her proper entitlement you may be able to bring a claim for:
Breach of Statutory Duty
Breach of Human Rights
We are currently assisting a huge number of families seek Justice in exactly this way – so that they can obtain what their loved ones deserved.
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