Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119822/
A truly amazing film giving the viewer an insight into the world of Autism. THis film is a dramatisation of the life of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become a Ph.D. and expert in the field of animal husbandry. The film show the problems she faced growing up, going through education and her difficulties with human interactions. She is a professor at Colorado State University and is a well-known speaker on autism and animal handling. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1278469/
Below is the real Temple Grandin talking in the same year the film was released.......
A new doctor finds himself with a ward full of catatonic patients. He is disturbed by them and the fact that they have been catatonic for decades with no hope of any cure. When he finds a possible chemical cure he gets permission to try it on one of them. When the first patient awakes, he is now an adult having gone into a catatonic state in his early teens. The film then delights in the new awareness of the patients and then on the reactions of their relatives to the changes in the newly awakened. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099077/
A true account of a family with an autistic child (Kyle) and how the introduction of a pet dog helps Kyle in his daily life. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0825222/
A troubled young boy, Oskar, is trying to cope with the loss of his father. Oskar starts lashing out at his mother and the world. The film mentions him being assessed for Aspergers Syndrome but I believe the book did not mention it. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0477302/
research, articles and books
research, articles and books
Curious incident of the dog in the night time
Association for Real Change
British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD)
Care Quality Commission
Change is a leading human rights organisation led by disabled people.
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
Mental Health Foundation
The National Autistic Society
Rethink Mental Illness
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Skills for Care New and Current resources around restrictive practices (interactive / click-able)
A charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
Make sense of the law and your rights.
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
The Alzheimers Society have a comprehensive fact sheet on the subject.
Human Rights Act
A charity providing free advice to bereaved people facing an inquest.
Mental Capacity Act
Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice
Mental Health Act
Dr. Temple Grandin’s Web Page
An audio book service - for those who enjoy the pleasure of being read a book.
The Big Tree
Big Tree is dedicated to sharing information and ideas about multimedia and what it can do for the learning disability community.
Tutor Hunt - free service linking students to tutors