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Andrew Wakefield uses coronavirus pandemic to push discredited anti-vaccine claims

The disgraced British former doctor has been appearing at summits during the pandemic to claim vaccines ‘will kill us’ Source: Andrew Wakefield uses coronavirus pandemic to push discredited anti-vaccine claims

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Mother who reported abduction of 9-year-old son with autism now charged in his murder

Patricia Ripley had told police in Florida that her son, Alejandro, who is nonverbal, had been abducted by two men who demanded drugs.   A Florida mother who told police that her 9-year-old son with autism was abducted from the parking lot of a Home Depot in Miami has now been charged in his murder. Patricia Ripley […]

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Family of mother accused in killing of boy with autism speaks out – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort Lauderdale

  SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – The family of a Southwest Miami-Dade woman accused in the killing of her 9-year-old son with autism said they are in shock and disbelief, but they want her to have the opportunity to have her day in court. 7News cameras captured Aldo Ripley as he broke down in tears and was […]

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Pandemic means Americans with disabilities aren’t getting the services they need | PBS NewsHour

For more than 60 million Americans with disabilities, the rapid spread of COVID-19 is especially dangerous. Many live in long-term care facilities, and they are twice as likely to experience poverty as those without disability. But so far, legislation has fallen short on help. We hear some of their stories, and Stephanie Sy talks to […]

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Harlow woman … going blind overnight – Essex Live | Functional Neurological Disorder

[Trigger warning: Suicide ideation and attempts.] Four years ago, Stacey lost her sight overnight. She woke up to pure darkness, something she had always had a fear of. Now, she is having to isolate alone in her flat and deal with the challenges of lockdown. Source: Harlow woman tried to kill herself twice after going […]

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AWN condemns TikTok “Autism Challenge”

  AWN is troubled by the sudden popularity of the “Autism Challenge” dance challenge on TikTok, but where users encourage each other to film short clips pretending to dance by flapping their hands and making other facial expressions and body movements meant to imitate and mock autistic people, all set to a soundtrack making fun […]

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Special educational needs children have rights cut in pandemic | News | The Sunday Times

Pupils with special educational needs have been plunged into a legal limbo, with no certainty that they will get the help they need after the government downgraded their rights. On May 1, the Department for Education (DfE) changed the law so councils no longer have a legal obligation to provide support. Instead, for the first […]