Welcome to your weekly
Learning Disability Today update
This week, we focus on the disability employment gap – a TUC report has criticised the government, saying that it is set to miss its target to halve the gap, and our guest blog also covers the topic. In addition, we highlight a training pack from Pavilion and two upcoming events.
- The government is “years behind schedule” in delivering its manifesto commitment to halve the employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people by 2020, according to new analysis. Read more here.
- In a guest blog, United Response’s Tim Cooper calls for the government to put in place more specialist measures to help people with learning disabilities and autism if it is to achieve its aim of halving the disability employment gap. Click here to read his thoughts in full.
- An autistic schoolboy has smashed his £999 fundraising target for The Fire Fighters Charity after embarking on an epic challenge. Click here to read the full story.
- This year’s Learning Disability Today London conference will take place on November 29 at the ILEC Conference Centre in London. Keep an eye on our event page, where details of the seminar programme and who will be speaking will be announced in the coming weeks and months. Tickets will be £35+VAT, although people with learning disabilities and their carers, and students, can come for free. Find out more here.
- Out now from Pavilion: Development, Relationships and Staying Safe: A training pack for staff supporting adults with intellectual disabilities, high support and complex needs. This pack provides frontline caregivers with the skills and knowledge to teach and inform their service users about a variety of complex and sensitive issues around developing their own identity, forming relationships and staying safe in the context of physical and sexual abuse. As well as this, the course can be used to provide staff with practical skills to help individuals who use intellectual disability services to learn about safety, personal development and relationships. Click here for more details.
Many people on the autism spectrum have difficulty processing everyday sensory information such as sounds, sights and smells. This is usually called having sensory integration difficulties, or sensory sensitivity. It can have a profound effect on an individual’s life.
This conference, organised by The National Autistic Society, will feature the latest research in sensory processing as well as useful coping strategies for autistic individuals and the professionals who support them. The conference boasts interactive seminar streams which focus on key topics including the impact of sensory processing on learning, eating and sleeping.
To read more about the conference or to register visit this website.
Thanks for reading,
Dan Parton and the Learning Disability Today team
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