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Learning Disability Annual Health Check

Are you on the learning disability register and have you had your annual health check? Ace Anglia have made a film about having your first Learning Disability Annual Health Check. If you have a learning disability and are not on the learning disability register you can find out more information here on how to get on the learning disability register: https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/health/learning-disability-register?gclid=Cj0KCQjwiZqhBhCJARIsACHHEH-B4aLTsr1g249i79FA7BrONsQ0ENAdPFeclK-Jz-fjf4expv-cOV4aAnjiEALw_wcB For more information about Ace Anglia check out their website: https://www.aceanglia.com/

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The Government has paused the Rights Removal Bill

On the 9th of September 2022, the UK Government decided to stop Parliament from making any decisions about the Rights Removal Bill for now. The British Institute of Human Rights have created an easy read guide to explain what this means. Plain English: UK Government pauses the Rights Removal Bill Monday the 12th of September 2022 On the 22nd of June 2022, the UK Government shared a new Bill of Rights with Parliament and the public which will replace our…

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What’s it like living with an invisible disability?

What’s it like living with a chronic condition? BBC London’s Gem O’Reilly has scoliosis and wanted to look into what it means to have an invisible disability. Chronic conditions like scoliosis make up about 18% of non-visible disabilities in the UK, according to a survey by Hidden Disabilities UK. Emily Hale had to have spinal fusion surgery for her scoliosis, now she’s helping others through Pilates and pain management. You can watch a video made by the BBC by clicking…

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What can Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) contributors in research actually do?

Would you like to learn more about the different roles that patients and members of the public involved in health research can hold? About this event Date and time Thu, 16 June 2022, 13:00 – 14:00 A 60-minute information session for members of the public based in the UK. The NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is a partnership between the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) to support health research that makes a difference to the lives of…

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Participants invited to take part in a research project

Do you use the internet? The Tizard Centre based at the University of Kent are doing research about internet use for adults with intellectual disabilities. They want to know about the good and bad parts of using the internet. Can I take part in the research? You can take part if: • You are an adult with an intellectual disability.• You use the internet.• You live in England. What will I be asked to do? You will be asked to…

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WEA Eastern Region Courses from June 2022 onwards

Courses available for adult learners aged 19 or older in Norfolk, Suffolk and online. The WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education in England and Scotland. The WEA is a charity dedicated to bringing high-quality, professional education into the heart of communities. Last year the WEA helped 28,219 students, with the support of nearly 2,000 volunteers, 900+ tutors and over 6,000 members.  Some of the courses starting soon include: More Healthy Cooking on…

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Driving Mobility – helping with assisted driving and accessibility

Supported by the Department for Transport, Driving Mobility co-ordinate 20 independent driving and mobility assessment centres across the UK. These centres provide professional assessments and information so people with restricted mobility and disabilities can drive safely and maintain personal independence. Which centre can I attend? You can attend whichever Centre is the most convenient for you through a recommendation by your GP or healthcare professional. Alternatively, some Centres enable you to self-refer. Although independent, the Centres are recognised by other mobility organisations including…

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Driving Mobility – helping you with assisted driving, accessibility and independent living

Supported by the Department for Transport, Driving Mobility co-ordinate 20 independent driving and mobility assessment centres across the UK. These centres provide professional assessments and information so people with restricted mobility and disabilities can drive safely and maintain personal independence. Which centre can I attend? You can attend whichever Centre is the most convenient for you through a recommendation by your GP or healthcare professional. Alternatively, some Centres enable you to self-refer. Although independent, the Centres are recognised by other mobility organisations including…

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Leading charities call for accessible voting for all

Leading charities like Mencap and Sense have co-signed a letter from United Response, calling on government to guarantee accessible voting for people with disabilities and autism. There are approximately 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK. But, a United Response survey in 2021 found that only two thirds of people knew that people with learning disabilities have a legal right to vote. The same year a Dimensions survey found that 80% of people felt that polling stations…

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Leading charities and political figures call for accessible voting for all

Leading charities like Mencap and Sense have co-signed a letter from United Response, calling on government to guarantee accessible voting for people with disabilities and autism. There are approximately 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK. But, a United Response survey in 2021 found that only two thirds of people knew that people with learning disabilities have a legal right to vote. The same year a Dimensions survey found that 80% of people felt that polling stations…

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Coronavirus and People with Learning Disabilities

The Coronavirus and People with Learning Disabilities Study The Coronavirus and People with Learning Disabilities Study directly interviewed adults with mild/moderate learning disabilities at three time points over 12 months (Cohort 1). There was also an online survey at the same time points with family members or paid carers of people with severe/profound learning disabilities (Cohort 2). The three waves of data collection took place in December 2020 – February 2021; April – May 2021; and July – August 2021.…

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Learning disabilities needs assessment 2021

There are approximately 1.5 million people have a learning disability in the UK. About 350,000 people have a severe or profound learning disability. This number will increase in the coming decades. Therefore, it is critical to understand the changing needs of this population. People with learning disabilities face inequalities in health and social outcomes. We must understand these inequalities and changing needs to prioritise planning and resources. A needs assessment was initially undertaken in 2014. The outcome of this work…

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Grants and benefits to help you pay your energy bills

You can get help if you’re struggling to afford your energy bills or top up your prepayment meter. You might be able to get benefits, grants and help offered by the government and energy suppliers. Citizen’s Advice have written some helpful information about the help and support available. Warm Home Discount Scheme You might be able to get £140 off your electricity bill or a £140 voucher for your prepayment meter. You can get this under the Warm Home Discount…

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Growing Older, Planning Ahead

Becky Anderson is a researcher working with the Open University. She is looking to work with siblings of people with learning disabilities. Siblings means a brother or sister. If you have a learning disability and have a brother or sister who may be interested in getting involved please share this webpage with them. Research participants have to have had a brother or sister who has a learning disability and: – Lived at home with parents until they were 35 or…

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Safer Online Lives research project

The Safer Lives Online project from The Tizard Centre is looking for people with learning disabilities to take their survey. There is a £10 Love2Shop voucher available for those taking part. About the project The internet and social media have become a big part of many people’s lives. But we don’t know much about how people with intellectual disabilities use the internet and social media. We want to hear from adults with intellectual disabilities in the UK, and the people…

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Civil Service internship

An exciting three-week work experience opportunity in the Civil Service is being offered to 60 autistic young people. This information is shared by Ambitious About Autism To apply, you must be: autistic  aged between 18 and 25 at the time of the internship achieved a minimum of 2 GCSE’s (or equivalent) in English and Math at Grade 4-9 (or A*-C) or above. About the Civil Service internship The opportunity will provide you with the chance to experience the Civil Service…

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Kickstart Scheme 2021

Are you a disability confident business? Kickstart are creating great opportunities for employers and young people. The kickstart scheme is to fund hundreds of job placements for young people. By signing up to Kickstart you can have young people aged 16-24 working for you for six months, funded by the Government. Your business will benefit from taking on these young people full of energy, ideas and digital know-how. Young disabled people who are on Kickstart can apply for Access to…

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The Future of Lived Experience: a conference hosted by the Institute of Community Reporters

Everyone has a story to tell – we know this wholeheartedly, but right now, it also feels like everyone is asking for our stories and there is a risk of storytelling fatigue setting in. How do we ensure that people who share their lived experiences are valued and that those experiences are treated as a valid form of data in their own right? How does society, institutions and organisations – ourselves included – to get better a working with stories…

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New rules from the 12 April

Members of the Suffolk Learning Disability Partnership have made some easy-read information about stage 2 of the easing of lockdown, explaining changes to guidance from the 12 April. You can download by clicking the link below, or you can click the following link: https://suffolkordinarylives.co.uk/information/new-rules-from-the-12-april/

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We Belong

In the autumn of 2020, Disability Rights UK launched a new campaign – We Belong. “From September to November, we gathered the opinions of disabled people fromacross the country, young and old, from all kinds of backgrounds.We sought comment through our newsletters, social media, email and phone, andvirtual meetings. We ran Zoom meetings on transport, employment, the builtenvironment, housing, participation, services and retail.We held discussions with groups of disabled people experiencing multiple forms ofdiscrimination including people from BAME backgrounds, women,…

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Apply to be a disability and access ambassador

The Cabinet Office’s Disability Unit is looking for 14 disability and access ambassadors. “There are currently 8 ambassadors who use their influential status as leaders in their sectors to drive improvements to the accessibility, and quality, of services and facilities in their sector.” “A further 10 ambassadors finished their terms of service earlier this year, and we are looking for ambassadors both to replace them and to represent new sectors (which we have identified in consultation with disabled people and…

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Peter and friends experience of covid-19: for people with intellectual or learning disabilities and/or autism

A free book about the experiences of people with learning disabilities and/or autism during the pandemic – ‘Peter and Friends talk about Covid-19 and having a learning disability and/or autism‘. From an idea from Peter Cronin, London South Bank University, Oxleas NHS Trust and the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities drew together stories about the experiences of people with learning disabilities and/or autism during the pandemic in the UK and across the world. It’s a long book! But there…

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Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do

What should I still avoid doing? The Suffolk Learning Disability Partnership have created easy-read guidance about the latest Coronavirus rules. You can download the booklet below. We have also created a video version of the document. You can watch the video below: Full guidance: It remains the case that you should not: socialise indoors in groups of more than two households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household) – this includes when dining out or going to the…

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The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain

Be inspired for your next day out Whilst we all may not be able to get out and about at the moment, the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is crammed with detailed reviews and essential information for over 200 UK attractions, making it the perfect planning tool for when we can all begin exploring again.  You can view the Guide online or download it as a PDF and start planning today! Alternatively, you can view the guide online here: https://www.motability.co.uk/cs/accessible_guide/index.html#page=1

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