Further Viewing


Further Viewing

Further Viewing

As good as it gets

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.

Temple Grandin

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.       

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.

After Thomas

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.


Extremely loud and incredibly close

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 Asperger's Syndrome but I believe the book did not mention it.


We discuss this a lot on courses when people mention self injury. The skull is smooth on the outside however on the inside it is bumpy and the brain is moving in fluid. Helmets may give the onlooker the impression of safety however internally the person is probably experiencing traumatic brain injury.

The Big Bang Theory

All you need to know - Sheldon's regimented, deeply eccentric, and non-conventional ways. The foursome spend their time working on their individual work projects, playing video games, watching science-fiction movies, or reading comic books. As they are self-professed nerds, all have little or no luck with popular women. When Penny, a pretty woman and an aspiring actress originally from Omaha, moves into the apartment across the hall from Leonard and Sheldon's, Leonard has another aspiration in life, namely to get Penny to be his girlfriend.


Further Reading

research, articles and books

Further Reading

research, articles and books


  • Curious incident of the dog in the night time

  • House Rules

  • Borne on a blue day

External Links

External Links


Association for Real Change

Austism Cymru

British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD)

Care Quality Commission

Change is a leading human rights organisation led by disabled people.

Epilepsy Society

Family Action

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)

Young Epilepsy

Young Minds 
A charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.


Advice Now
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

Listening Books
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