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2010 National Disabled Members' Conference
8 July 2010
Carried as Amended

Research has discovered that where you used to live could affect your child’s chances of being Autistic.

The studies looked at children whose mothers had moved to the UK. From outside Europe too showed an increased risk of Autism in children whose parents had migrants from the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. The group with the greatest risk was people from the Caribbean.

The study considered that it’s ethnic rather than migration and the theory is that the stress of migrating could act as a trigger for the disability factor discovered. In similar studies looking at the causes of Schizophrenia are predominately in Black people.


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Mental Health

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Hundreds and Thousands of people at work face ignorance, prejudice and stigmatism because of mental health problems, because of discrimination by employers despite it being illegal under the Disability Discrimination Act.

Conditions such as Autism and Dyslexia are often discovered when employees are asked to produce statements when facing disciplinary or capability procedures.

Statistics show one in four people will experience a mental health problem. Research shows that in the United States that life expectancy for men is 42 and for women it is 48. Figures that are even more worrying state that in Africa where there is insufficient health care one half of children will die before their first birthday.

Employers are still failing to make the necessary adjustments for disabled people in the workplace.

We call upon the National Disabled Members Committee to work with the National Executive Council to;

1.raise awareness of these issues to branches and regions

2.provide written information/guidance to all branches.

3 request the TUC considers these issues as part of its wider disability agenda