UK – A post on the Disabled People Against Cuts website states that, ‘Nua Healthcare is the institution where Anthony Kletzander is incarcerated and abused.’ Mr Kletzander, who is from Ireland, is a 26 year-old man who has autism.
Two years ago he was an active member of his community and had Independent Living, with the help of personal assistants he enjoyed life. In 2013 the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), refused to continue to support him with Independent Living in his own home and was ‘forced into institutional care and residential homes: initially Redwood in Co. Meath Ireland and then being transported by Nua HealthCare in Co Kildare Ireland, over 150 kilometres round trip from the family home to a unit in Nua Health Care.’ (Change.org petition.)Staff at the home where Mr Kletzander resides are not trained in his communication needs, he is on antipsychotic medication without his consent and is miles away from his family and friends.
Nua sponsored the National Autistic Society Professional Autism Awards for Clinical Excellence last year, 2014. With an outpouring of support from those who support Mr Kletzander, NUa will not be sponsoring this year’s awards.
However the article states that the NAS’s relationship with NUA continues, despite the fact that NUa Healthcare (UK) failed Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections.
The article further states:
“It is hypocritical of The National Autistic Society to award professionals for Autism practice, whilst they retain “an active silence”s at the abuse of Anthony Kletzander, a young man with Autism.”
Mr Kletzander’s support group have organised a peaceful protest that will take place outside the National Autistic Society Professional Autism Awards ceremony at 6pm on March 3 2015, Royal Hall, Harrogate.
Mr Kletzander’s mother will also be traveling from Dublin to take part in the protest.
Source: Disabled People Against Cuts website: Protest against NAS&NUA 6pm Tues 3rd March The Royal Hall, Harrogate. #AnthonyKletzander