The issue of education for individuals with Autism Spectrum Conditions is a complex one. Some people with ASC’s have gone on to achieve the very highest standards within the education system, whereas some are so profoundly affected by their condition that education in the academic sense is not an option.
Substance misuse is the term used to describe the long term harmful and hazardous use of mind altering substances including alcohol, tobacco, prescribed medication or illicit street drugs. Repeated use of these substances can lead to increased tolerance and ultimately addiction which can dictate the user’s behaviour and daily activity.
Equality law recognises that bringing about equality for disabled people may mean changing the way in which school or employment is structured, the removal of physical barriers and/or providing extra support for a disabled worker.
This is the duty to make reasonable adjustments. We discuss Access Arrangements and Resonable Adjustments and what it means for you.
As humans, we are very social, with relationships being central to our physical and emotional wellbeing. Throughout our lives we are involved in many relationships, some of which we view as rewarding and positive and some that are less so. We can at times find difficulty in our connections with others especially with those we care most about and these close personal relationships begin to breakdown.
It is usual for people to feel anxious when they are about to embark on something that is frightening or is important to them, like a job interview or an exam. In most cases, we are aware of the causes of anxiety and manage to control its effects - utilising its benefits to our advantage. At other times, however, people feel anxious for little or no reason and have little or no control over the symptoms.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is typified by an individual feeling high levels of anxiety following a particularly traumatic or distressing event. The onset of this anxiety state may happen immediately after the event or may be delayed until sometime later in life. In some cases the negative thoughts around these events may lie dormant for many years until they are triggered and resurface.
Depression is a term that is often wrongly used in everyday language to describe when someone is feeling sad or little down. In clinical terms Depression is a severe and persistent lowering of mood, lasting weeks rather than days, that significantly affects a person’s day to day life. Depression can be suffered by anyone and at any stage of their life.