You would have thought in this, so called, ‘enlightened age’, that persons with Learning Disabilities would be treated much better, but this is not so, for even today some persons with learning disabilities and/or autism are admitted to these Assessment & Treatment Units, while some Special Schools are no better.
Even the day to day treatment from some members of the UK population leaves a lot to be desired, whether this is due to ignorance, design or complete indifference is of much concern. As to the Government well they are even worse in all aspects be it benefits, health, education, social care, etc.
With regards to Assessment & Treatment Units, their history and Learning Disability I would refer you to Those They Called Idiots: The Idea of the Disabled Mind from 1700 to the Present Day by Simon Jarrett
In these establishments there is so much over use of ‘restraints‘ and it could be said that they should never be used.
With the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, Disability Discrimination Act 2005 and Equality Act 2010 you would have thought that all that can be done, has been done, but that is not so, far there is much more to be done because there is still wide spread discrimination, in relation to work, access to building, access to transport and many other areas.