Autism: developing a strategy for nursing to prevent discrimination.

AYLOTT, Jill (2004). Autism: developing a strategy for nursing to prevent discrimination. British journal of nursing, 13 (14), 828-33.

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The final phase of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) comes into force in October 2004. The DDA Code of Practice is a document to guide organizations in the implementation of and compliance with the Act. The DDA Code of Practice (2002) makes reference to specific impairments, such as hearing and visual impairments, and there are numerous examples of how 'reasonable adjustments' can be made to enable access to those so disabled. There is recognition that some impairments are hidden, e.g. learning disabilities and diabetes. However, no mention is made of those with autism. The impairments of autism including Asperger syndrome are also 'hidden impairments' as defined by the DDA and this will mean that it will not be immediately obvious as to how the Act will help nurses to amend their practice to enable people with autism full inclusion and access to health care. This article will explore practical implications and outline how nurses can develop their practice to be compliant with the Act and to ensure good 'health care' practice for people diagnosed within the autism spectrum.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Page Range: 828-33
Depositing User: Helen Garner
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2012 11:55
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2021 00:02

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