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  • Learning Disability Week 2023

    Created: 02/06/2023
    News/Events Category: General News


    Learning Disability Week 2023 will take place from the 19th to the 25th of June.  Please see below the press release from Mencap UK:

     

    "This year is all about busting myths about living life with a learning disability.  For many people with a learning disability and their families, getting creative has been a way to stay connected and positive through the challenges of last year.

    People with a learning disability are up to twice as likely to experience mental health problems, due to many factors like discrimination and social isolation.

    Simple changes in hospital care can make a big difference better communication, more time and clearer information.

    But we know the treatment people with a learning disability get in hospital is still not good enough in many parts of the country. This has to change.

    If you’re a hospital worker, be the change by becoming a Treat me well Champion.

    1,200 people with a learning disability die avoidably every year. And people with a learning disability die younger than the rest of the population by 17 years on average.

    This has to change, and better hospital care is a huge part of this.

    As a Treat me well Champion, you’ll get tailored information, access to training opportunities and campaigning resources to help you bring about change in your own hospitals.

    You’ll have a chance to meet other hospital staff and people with a learning disability who want change locally and nationally.

    We want hospital staff to understand the simple changes that make a big difference for people with a learning disability in hospital: more time, better communication and clearer information.

    We’re also calling on the Government to make training on learning disability mandatory for hospital workers."

     

    Find out more at the Mencap website.




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