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  • Matthew Paminter

Learning Disability Week 2023

It's learning disability week from 19 June - 25 June 2023. In this week will be used to show the world the incredible things that people with a learning disability can achieve and how they deal with the stigma that they face everyday.

What is Leaning Disability Week's Aim?

It is all about making sure the world hears what it is like to live with a learning disability. The aim each year of Learning Disability week is to:

  • Educate and raise awareness about learning disabilities

  • Smash stigmas and end discrimination

  • Fight and campaign for a fair society



Here are some facts about learning disabilities...

  • Here in the UK there are approximately 1.5 million people with a learning disability and approximately 351,000 children aged up to 17 living with a learning disability

  • Special educational needs (SEN) can affect a young child's behaviour, reading and writing

  • Not all children who have SEN also have a learning disability

  • Most children who have SEN go to mainstream schools- only 10% of children who have SEN go to special schools

  • The number of children with SEN has increased over the past 5 Years

Learning Difficulties Vs Learning Disabilities

There is often a lot of confusion about what the difference is between Learning Difficulties and Learning Disabilities. The main difference between them both is whether the condition affects the intellect of the person.

  • Learning Difficulties are things such as ADHD, Dyslexia, OCD or Anxiety

  • Whereas Learning Disabilities include things such as Down's Syndrome, Autism and Dysgraphia

Ways you can Promote Learning Disability Week

Here are some ways you can promote and raise awareness for LDW this week. You can either do these out and about or in your work settings.

  • Talk about diversity and embrace and celebrate the differences between all humans

  • Hold an information session for parents to discuss the provision that your setting offers

  • Hold a fund-raising event to raise money for a learning disability charity

  • Undertake some training about SEN and Learning Difficulties/Disabilities. The Parenta websites has some great E-Learning Courses all about Disability Awareness.

How Quest helps with Learning Disabilities

Here at Quest we are committed to to our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policies. Our core Values are to

  • Encourage mutual respect for all

  • recognise and work with every diverse group

  • Ensure our policies and Practices are fair and challenge harassment, victimisation and discrimination

  • Provide high quality and inclusive facilities

We also have a Designated Safeguarding Lead which can be contacted if you are facing any problems or facing any difficulties. Our tutors will also be able to help with any issues you may have.

Some Useful Links

Mentally Healthy Schools- Offer advice for schools on how they can support thier children with learning disabilities

Scope- Support and advice for parents of children with special needs and disabilities


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