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Autism Awareness Week

An Autism charity is holding a 'Rainbow Walk' in Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham to celebrate World Autism Awareness Week.

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Autistic teen prisoner wins damages

An autistic teenage prisoner who was left distressed and intimidated by noisy adult criminals at a magistrates court has won the right to damages from the Ministry of Justice, reports Strand News.

The Birmingham boy, now 15, was at the Birmingham court for a hearing over an alleged breach of bail - but had to be put into an adult cell because the children's area was being refurbished.

It left the then 13-year-old "incredibly distressed" by the shouts of angry cons and having to walk closely past two adult prisoners on his way to an interview room. His lawyers claimed that putting him near adult prisoners in the cells area at the court breached both UK and European laws.

Man who fell from Bullring dies

Anthony Hollis, 49-years old

Parents of a man who fell from the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham, have turned off their son's life support machine, eight days after he climbed over the railings.

On Sunday afternoon, the couple gave medical staff permission to switch off the equipment after finding out that their son, 49-year old Anthony Hollis, had suffered massive brain injuries and multiple breaks.

Anthony, who suffered from autism and epilepsy, died at Edgbaston’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Anthony's parents, Linda and Philip Hollis, say it was a 'cry for help' after he'd been targetted by conmen.

The men who gained the trust of Anthony, arrived on the doorstep of his sheltered accommodation knowing his name, address and medical conditions.

Linda and Philip Hollis, Anthony's parents

'It was a cry for help' say parents of a man who fell from the Bullring

The parents of a man who's fighting for his life in hospital after falling from the top floor of the Bullring at the weekend say it was a 'cry for help' after he'd been targetted by conmen.

49-year old Anthony Hollis has autism and epilepsy and his parents believe he was targetted because he's vulnerable.

The men who gained the trust of Anthony, arrived on the doorstep of his sheltered accommodation knowing his name, address and medical conditions.

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Family 'feel let down' as autistic boy has funding cut because he turned six

Dad Kevin with Daniel Harrison Credit: ITV Central

Daniel Harrison has made remarkable improvements in recent months. As a baby he suffered from an acid reflex which gave him a phobia of putting things in his mouth, a problem made harder to treat by his autism.

Daniel was able to eat for the first time this year Credit: ITV Central

But this year he stopped being fed through a tube into his stomach and started eating for the first time. Now his dad Kevin is worried about his future progress. A cut in his funding for speech and language therepy was triggered by his 6th birthday.

Daniel Harrison suffered an acid flux when he was a baby, he has developed a phobia and refused to put food in his mouth Credit: ITV Central

We last saw Daniel in July this year just before he went to Austria for specialist treatment. The family had to raise £25,000 because the treatment is not avaible in the UK. Now the family feel they've been let down again.

This will be the first Chirstmas where Daniel can try a bit of chirstmas dinner and while improvments like that are remarkable - progress could be slower in the future.

Boy with autism has funding stopped because he turned six

Nottinghamshire Primary Care Trust says they have limited funding available Credit: ITV Central

An boy with autism from Nottinghamshire has had his speech and language therapy stopped, because he's too old. Six-year old Daniel Harrison is struggling at school without the therapy.

Nottinghamshire Primary Care Trust says they have limited funding available. His father is calling for a judicial review.

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