21 June 2019
Learning Disability Week is an awareness week with a focus on the lives of people with learning disabilities. It’s an opportunity to share the positive stories of people with learning disabilities across the UK.
This year, Learning Disability Week’s theme of sports and inclusion is promoting the overall benefits of physical activity. As a result, during the week, Mencap are urging people with or without a learning disability across the country to engage in as many physical activities as possible in an attempt to promote social interaction and inclusion.
According to Mencap, nearly half of people with learning disabilities claim they would like to spend more time outside their house and 18% feel alone and cut off from other people. Promoting social interaction and inclusion is, therefore, key to making these individuals feel part of the community.
There is no cure for learning disabilities, but with support people can develop ways to cope with their disabilities. Having a learning disability should not mean that an individual is unable to live an independent and fulfilled life.
Learning disabilities can affect individuals in different ways and people with mild learning disabilities may live alone, travel and work. If the individual has more complex needs, they could require support with performing basic skills and personal care.
Extra support, whether long or short-term, can therefore be extremely beneficial as it can help people achieve a level of independence that allows them to have control over their own lives.
Live-in care may be a good option for those who want to retain independence in their own home but benefit from around the clock companionship and care. Receiving care at home allows individuals to be close to friends and family members whilst still being able to make decisions about their routines and lifestyles. Care workers are able to provide as much or as little care and support as needed, as well as assist with tasks such as household chores and meal planning and preparation. They are also able to accompany individuals to appointments and assist them to integrate into the community.
To find out more about Learning Disability Week, access www.mencap.org.uk.
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