Learning Disability Awareness Week 2019

Learning Disability Awareness Week 2019 is an important opportunity to raise awareness of learning disabilities and autism and break down some of the barriers that exist. Making simple changes can make a big difference to people that have a learning disability and/or autism. This may include better communication, more time and clearer information.

Each year, Learning Disability Awareness Week has a theme – this year, the focus is centred around sport and inclusion.

Learning Disability display board in support of Learning Disability Awareness Week

Mencap surveyed over 300 18 to 35 year olds with a learning disability from September to November in 2015 and found that:

  • 49% would like to spend more time outside their house
  • 18% feel alone and cut off from people

We know that sport and physical activity can reduce loneliness and isolation.

Benefits for people with and without a learning disability include improved health and wellbeing, empowerment and greater social inclusion.

Sport and physical activity between people with and without a learning disability can also help to improve attitudes and challenge negative views towards people with a learning disability.

In Doncaster, we have published a short information leaflet that includes a number of sport facilities available in Doncaster and across the wider South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw region. You can also find a wide range of sport, leisure facilities and clubs available on Your Life Doncaster that can help improve health, wellbeing and reduce social isolation. An easy-read guide is also available.

The Health Action team at Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust are holding a series of events this week to showcase the services available for individuals with a learning disability and/or autism, their families and carers. Take a look at the following posters and pop along. Everyone welcome.

Health Action team events – LD primary care passport – w/c 17 June 2019

Health Action team celebration week – 100 years of LD nursing

Watch a series of short videos below which highlight some of the proactive work we have undertaken in Doncaster to raise awareness of the importance of Learning Disability nursing and how they are fundamentally important in supporting and transforming the lives of many people living with a learning disability and/or autism.