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Derbytelegraph.co.uk: Those with autism and mental health problems to be given blue parking badges

Derbytelegraph.co.uk: Those with autism and mental health problems to be given blue parking badges

People with “hidden disabilities” including autism and mental health problems are set for a major boost when they are allowed to apply for blue parking badges.

This year, the Blue Badge scheme, which allows holders to park closer to their destinations in specially-reserved bays and stay longer, is set to

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Derbytelegraph.co.uk: School for children with autism is judged as 'outstanding' by Ofsted inspectors

Derbytelegraph.co.uk: School for children with autism is judged as 'outstanding' by Ofsted inspectors

A school catering for children with autism and other special needs has been praised as it achieved an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating after being inspected.

Options Trent Acres school, in Alrewas Road, Kings Bromley, has been given the highest possible grade from education watchdogs following a surprise inspection carried out over

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Derbytelegraph.co.uk: Parents can ask for autism-friendly adjustments at Intu Derby Santa's grotto

Derbytelegraph.co.uk: Parents can ask for autism-friendly adjustments at Intu Derby Santa's grotto

Intu Derby says it is happy to make adjustments for autistic children at its Santa’s grotto.

Bosses at the shopping centre said changes can be made to ensure its Festive Forest, which houses the grotto, is “as autism-friendly as possible”.

Such measures include things like turning down the music or

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Derbytelegraph.co.uk: What Derby's Morrisons is doing to make life easier for autistic shoppers

Derbytelegraph.co.uk: What Derby's Morrisons is doing to make life easier for autistic shoppers

Derby’s Morrisons supermarket and other branches in the county will be having its first ever quieter hour this weekend – in a scheme to support people with autism.

The supermarket is to introduce a quieter hour EVERY Saturday for customers who would benefit from a calmer shopping trip.

It is

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Derbytelegraph.co.uk: Cards featuring joke about Shannon Matthews branded 'vile'

Derbytelegraph.co.uk: Cards featuring joke about Shannon Matthews branded 'vile'

Derbyshire-designed greetings cards have been branded “vile” for making light of what happened to Shannon Matthews.

But the man behind them, Samuel Hague of South Normanton has defended his products, saying that “unfortunately, when it comes to jokes these days, someone is going to be offended”.

Karen Matthews was jailed

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Derbytelegraph.co.uk: Asda helps to make shopping less stressful for children with autism

Derbytelegraph.co.uk: Asda helps to make shopping less stressful for children with autism

Shopping at Asda’s Derby stores should become less stressful for children with autism after the supermarket giant launched its Happy Little Helpers scheme.

The scheme uses colourful shopping lists created by one of the retailer’s employees, Jenny Barnett, whose five-year-old son, Charlie, has non-verbal autism, in which he uses use

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