10 Jun '11, 5pm

Autistic Man Was Illegally Detained in Care Unit, UK Court Rules

Autistic Man Was Illegally Detained in Care Unit, UK Court Rules

The local council of the London borough of Hillingdon acted illegally in detaining 21-year-old Steven Neary for a year in a care unit, rather than allowing him to live with his father, Mark Neary. As the Guardian reports, Steven Neary's human rights were breached after authorities at Hillingdon refused to let him return home after what his father had thought was a temporary stay at the care unit in December of 2009. The judge ruled that Hillingdon had failed to comply with legal safeguards in according with the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Hillingdon had instead used "a code designed to protect the liberty of vulnerable people... as an instrument of confinement," the judge ruled. Steven Neary, who is autistic, requires -- like my teenage autistic son Charlie -- adult supervision at all times. Until December of 2009, his father and council-funded day carers had provided this. ...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/human-rights/blog/autistic-ma...

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