19 June 2017

Staff were out in force today at the Riverfield Drive Tesco Supermarket in Bedford. It was a successful visit supported by Celia, Tescos community champion. Staff helped to raise awareness of learning disabilities in the community, handing out leaflets and chatting to the general public.

Tomorrow, Tuesday 20 June, staff are off to Luton and Dunstable Hospital to join the teams there in raising awareness and continuing Learning Disability awareness week 2017

Learning Disability (LD) Week 2017 runs from Monday 19 to Sunday 25 June.

This year the focus is on employment, particularly to raise awareness of the benefits of employing people with a learning disability.

According to Mencap, a charity that campaigns of behalf of people with learning disabilities, around 80 per cent of working age people with a learning disability have a mild or moderate disability, yet less than 20 per cent are in employment.

Research has highlighted a number of reasons this might be the case, including negative attitudes or low expectations, skill and qualification gaps, unfair treatment or discrimination and issues related to access.

During LD Week, Mencap will be sharing new research to show the benefits of employing people with a learning disability along with some accessible guides to help people find work.

This will be available on their website at: www.mencap.org.uk