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Mother calls for more autism awareness in minority communities

The mother of an autistic teenage girl from Leicester says she believes more community awareness is needed for people to better understand the condition.

Pam Malhi, from Oadby says she regularly has to deal with stigma and stares, and wants to educate others about the disability.

It comes as a new report by the National Austistic Society suggests there is not enough support for parents from Asian, black and ethnic minority communities. Nancy Cole reports.

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Leicester mum: More autism awareness needed in Asian families

Pam Malhi says her daughter regularly has to deal with stigma Credit: ITV News Central

A mother from Leicester says she supports a new report by the National Autistic Society which says more awareness about autism is needed in the Asian community.

Pam Malhi says her daughter Aaisha regularly has to deal with stigma and stares and she wants to educate others about the disability.

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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
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