Media coverage

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Recent media coverage about PDA
 

In addition to the extensive media coverage about PDA on and around PDA Action Day on 15th May, there has been ongoing interest in PDA with coverage in professional publications, mainstream press and broadcast media - please see PDFs and links below. Please do contact us if you'd like further information or for press enquiries.

26th November 2018

Special Needs Jungle: ATU Autism scandal: PDA Society calls for Rescue Mission. You can help - by Vikki Threlfall, PDA Society Trustee

18th November 2018

ITV Calendar: Family plea after Sheffield girl, 11, who has PDA autism is 'rejected by 26 schools' includes an interview with Sally Russell OBE, PDA Society Trustee

16th November 2018

Telegraph: My autistic daughter is being kept in a padded cell

14th November 2018

BBC Radio Sussex: Families in Sussex who are struggling to get support and diagnosis for PDA talked to Neil Pringle - listen at the following times on the link below:

- the start of the recording (lead news story)
- 14 minutes
- 1 hour 10 minutes
- 2 hours 10 minutes

13th November 2018

BBC2 Victoria Derbyshire coverage

13th November 2018 BBC2 Victoria Derbyshire coverage
14th November 2018 Expressen Sweden
14th November 2018 The Sun: 'I can't do this any more' - Mum shared heartbreaking footage of autistic son's violent outbursts
14th November 2018 The Metro: 'I can't do this any more' - Mum shared heartbreaking footage of autistic son's violent outbursts
14th November 2018 Mail Online: 'I can't do this any more' - Mum shared heartbreaking footage of autistic son's violent outbursts
8th November 2018

CBBC Newsround: 12-year-old Oliver explains what he does to help his younger brother Leo who has PDA 

 

and further coverage from the summer with Oliver on BBC News

30th October 2018

Sky News: 40 people died in 'barbaric' secure hospitals the government pledged would close

30th October 2018

Sky News Line 18: 'Victorian' care system is failing the vulnerable

 
 4th November 2018

Daily Mail: Health Secretary orders probe into autistic youngsters locked in NHS 'hell holes' across the UK... as mother reveals her son is 'so drugged he can hardly move' in care unit  

27th October 2018

Gillian Mead talks to Kevin Healey on Autism Live Chat Show about her daughter's shocking case of misunderstood PDA leading to damaging ‘care’

27th October 2018

The Mail on Sunday: Ian Birrell uncovers more devastating cases of children and young people on the autism spectrum including those with a PDA profile being held in appalling conditions and routinely abused in padded seclusion cells

26th October 2018

The Guardian: Katy Brent writes about her two and a half year fight for a basic EHCP assessment for her son who has a PDA profile. Now she's been told the school setting he needs is not available. Read her #SENDcrisis article.

24th October 2018 Kevin Healey's Autism Live Chat Show focusing on PDA and ATUs with Sally Russell OBE (PDA Society Trustee) calling for anyone working in these units or in the criminal justice system or elsewhere who have someone puzzling in their care to consider whether PDA could be an explanation and to seek expert advice, also featuring Norman Lamb MP and Bethany’s Dad
 
21st October 2018

I News: Ian Birrell exposes more catastrophic failures of care regarding the PDA profile of autism

18th October 2018

BBC Breakfast: Bethany's Dad's interview about Bethany's misunderstood PDA profile

10th September 2018 Swansea Bay TV - coverage of PDA training delivered by Positive Autism Support & Training in Swansea 
29th August 2018 We Are Unique - a community show about autism and various disabilities on NTV Sky Channel 757 hosted by Kevin Healey. Mum Debra and daughter Morgan talk about PDA, the differences to Asperger's and the difficulties with securing an assessment.
Part 2: Debra
 
29th August 2018 We Are Unique - a community show about autism and various disabilities on NTV Sky Channel 757 hosted by Kevin Healey. Mum Debra and daughter Morgan talk about PDA, the differences to Asperger's and the difficulties with securing an assessment.
Part 3: Morgan
22nd July 2018 Hemel Today - Hemel MP backs Mum's Call to Action
19th July 2018 That's Life magazine - one Mum's story of how PDA impacts her daughter and family (please be aware of alarming title and error in relation to recommended strategies)
July 2018 Care Management Matters - Paula Webb (the PDA Society's Chair and Adult Enquiry Line Lead) 'Straight Talk' article: Are people with PDA misunderstood or is it lack of awareness of the condition? Care Management Matters is social care's 'thinking person's magazine'.
July/August 2018 SEN Magazine July/August 2018 - Sally Russell OBE (PDA Society trustee) explains that if a teacher/SENCO has a young person whose behaviour is hard to understand, PDA should be considered. "The PDA profile turns all teaching, parenting and caring norms upside down". SEN Magazine is the UK's leading special educational needs magazine. The article can also be read on this link.
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