Learning Disability Work Week

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in Learning disability, News on 22nd November, 2019

Did you know that only 6% of people with a learning disability of working age are in paid employment but that at least 60% would like to be?

Learning Disability Work Week celebrates and raises awareness of the amazing contribution people with a learning disability make as employees. 

Being employed is about more than earning money. It’s about feeling valued, independent, fulfilled and included. We want to do everything we can to make this possible for more people with a learning disability.

We support Mencap and people with a learning disability to get the right support to access and stay in work and we are working to be part of a real change and make a difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities by supporting them into meaningful and long term employment.

Learning Disability Work Week is the perfect opportunity to share why you agree that employing people with a learning disability should be considered by all businesses and to promote that our organisation is an inclusive and welcoming place to work for all people, including people with a learning disability.

The campaign has been using the hashtag #HereIAm which promotes the message that people with a learning disability have a voice too.

Please click the link above and watch a clip of what having a job means to people with a learning disability.

If you are on social media you can follow the week's news:

  • Twitter and Facebook - #HereIAm
  • LinkedIn - #HereIAmand #LDWorkWeek
  • Did you know we also offer work experience and internship placements to people with learning disabilities, to prepare them for paid employment? We will shortly be welcoming our first two supported Internships into the Trust, working two days a week in admin/finance roles. These young people will be supported by their work coaches from Petroc and Exeter Deaf Academy with the opportunity to gain valuable employability skills in a work place setting .

Find out more here: www.mencap.org.uk/LDWW

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