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Raising disability awareness

14 January 2019

Raising disability awareness

Our colleagues have been finding out how to support people with a learning disability as part of International Day of People with Disability. The aim of the national awareness day is to encourage a better understanding of people affected by a disability, and to raise awareness of the rights, dignity and welfare of disabled people.

There are 1.2 million people in England with a disability yet only 189,000 are known to disability services. We know that many of our customers live with a mental, physical or learning disability, so its really important that colleagues know how to support people who have additional needs.

Staff at Queensberry Place, our supported housing for adults with disabilities, delivered the training. It helped colleagues understand more about the different types of learning disabilities, how to recognise them, and how to tailor our approach.

Jane Hanson, Learning and Development Manager said “The training was really practical, helping colleagues understand what they can do differently to help people living with a learning disability. We leant how to use colour, photographs and symbols as communication aids, and how to speak slowly, clearly and stop to regularly check that the person understands. It will really make a difference to how we communicate with customers, so that we provide the right support to people living in our homes who have additional needs.”