Help my son get the autism care he needs

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Amanda Hyde
1 year ago
Because I hate institution's And know there's a better way forward.He deserves a good Xbox & share with supported family & friends.

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valerie mallon
3 years ago
We need to help - this is NOT self-induced or something that can be
predicted!!

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keyna leyland
3 years ago
it is pointless going to multi agency meetings. these meetings are run by the local authority, who all split up into various factions and names, to deliberately confuse and deter the lay person when they are trying to raise concerns. They will not respond. All they will do is take your grievances and go and bury them. The first point of action is to write a letter to your council Chief Executive stating 1) what the problem is and 2) what you want for the outcome. They have to respond. You wait for there answer and if it is not to your liking, then ask for an independent assessment or go to the Care Quality Commission to raise your complaint. These will have to investigate. Pot luck which investigator you get and also the outcome. This should take no more than 3 months. If still unsatisfied then go to your Ombudsman ( legal ), If still no joy, and you probably won't get any joy, you should consider taking to the Court of Protection. This is a very difficult thing to do as most solicitors do not specialize in this area, and trying to obtain legal aid is a nightmare. In short it is very difficult and I have tried above options now going over 9 years and still I have not got anywhere. The local authorities are responsible for people who are vulnerable. i.e. the mentally and physically disabled. Autism is actually class on a D scale rating for 'Diseases'. Mental health services are almost none existent, but autism is a disease and not a mental health issue. You will find that approaching the local authorities, it will turn into a quagmire and haze of different units, and names. Change.org seems to be a 'safe' option. If you go to court you are taking the local authorities to court and they have vast amounts of wealth behind them, so you may lose. You can make an application, when you have gone through the above channels first and I think for the first application it is £400. You need to get legal advice on what you will pay, but a famous but hidden case recently, a woman wanted power of attorney over her dads affairs as he was suffering from dementia, and she did not want him in the hands of the local authority. What should have been a simple process cost her £375,000 and as she stated she lost everything. She also lost control of her dads estate and the local authority seized this control from her. It is very very scary how vulnerable people are abused by the system. This system is ultimately the most wealthy and most powerful. All I can say is try.

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Lynn Puttock
3 years ago
So important that the plight of our special precious ones is highlighted. I have a wonderful 5 year old grandson who was finally diagnosed with autism in February but instead of this being the end of the battle to get the help he needs it seems to be the beginning. I am appalled his parents have has to fight for a special needs place. Main stream school has said they can’t cope and he is currently receiving no education at all. Shame on you Yate, South Gloucestershire and Bristol for not getting your act together at this stage.

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Hilary Colbert
4 years ago
What a sad indictment of our society today, that a young man with autism is treated so inhumanely. He needs treatment appropriate to his condition and illness, as a matter of great urgency. The doctors need to be given the authority to move him to a specialist centre, rather than be trapped in this Catch22 situation. Please sign, so that Matthew's voice can be heard.

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Patrick Atkinson
4 years ago
Treat people like we would want to be treated. How many times do we have to make the same mistakes!

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Michael Baron
5 years ago
I was one of the founders of the NAS in March 1962. As a parent of more than 50 years experience that spans the history of autism' in the UK, I am appalled that so many years of campaigning have failed to h,help Mathew.
There may be many reasons for this but what is true is that I never expected to hear of Mathew's predicament .It is not what the parents of 1962 wanted; and it is a terrifying indictment of today that this petition should have to be filed.

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Victor Field
5 years ago
Necause I'm on the spectrum. High-functioning, but I could definitely be worse...

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Susan Turner-Sales
5 years ago
He deserves the help and care he needs

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John Ross
5 years ago
It is outrageous that the young people needing the appropriate care and treatment and their families are subjected to such blatant neglect.