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The National Autistic Society has pledged support for the Justice for LB Bill. 
 
The campaign for the Bill was set up following the death in hospital of Connor Sparrowhawk – also known as Laughing Boy (LB).
 
Connor had autism and epilepsy, which sometimes caused seizures, but his family describe him as “generally a fit and healthy young man, who loved buses, London, Eddie Stobart and speaking his mind”.
 
On March 19 2013, he was admitted to an assessment and treatment unit – a type of hospital. He drowned in the bath on July 4 2013, a death which has been described as “entirely avoidable”’ as his condition meant he should have been supervised.
 
His story alongside other stories of people with a disability being moved out of their homes into unsuitable accommodation, led to the setting up of the Justice For LB campaign.
 
Organisers of the campaign have written a draft law which would give clearer legal rights to people with complex needs to have greater choice and control over where they live.
 
The law also seeks to ensure that local councils develop better support locally so people do not have to live far away from their families and the communities they know.
 
It further looks to amend the Mental Health Act so that having autism is not in itself a reason to be sectioned.

 

The campaign is seeking comments on the first draft of their Bill and we will be feeding our thoughts into the draft Bill setting out how we think it should be improved. They are also encouraging individuals, MP, members of the House of Lords and organisations to pledge their support.

 

To find out more, to comment on the draft and to pledge your support, see: https://lbbill.wordpress.com/

 

Source:

http://www.autism.org.uk/news-and-events/news-from-the-nas/justice-for-lb-bill.aspx



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