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I found this – you may need it!

April 2, 2015

social media conceptThere is absolutely nothing wrong with googling and sharing. If you want to know more about the people you work with, then here are some places to look.

I had a serious car accident last week, and to be honest, I am struggling to get over it. So, in trying to come up with a fascinating topic to blog, I was noodling about in my usual online groups and decided that what I found might just be useful to you too.

So – here are some great things I found which will keep you busy until I can come up with something of my own to say!

Autism awareness

If you support people with autism, you will probably have experience of trying to help new staff and members of the community understand your service users. In order to make sense of this often bewildering condition, try clicking on autism.ehoow.net for probably the most comprehensive information I have seen on autism awareness and understanding.

To go further into this subject, have a look at this amazing blog from Sara Gorman. I need add no more.

Easy read app for helping support health care

Chris Hardy is a great bloke – look at the www.chardie.co.uk app he has created to help people understand the process of having a blood test. It can also be downloaded as a Kindle book.

Another easy read

No voice unheard, no right ignored: a consultation for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions. You can access and download a guide to engage service users here.

And more…

This is a downloadable template for a personal plan, which you can use with people who have learning disability to set out their health needs in clear and helpful terms. Magic.

We are on a roll here…

It’s time we really challenged the NHS on its record of appalling treatment of people with learning disability; treatment that still persists. The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has this resource to encourage people to speak up when they are getting a raw deal. I recommend it to you as a means to empower service users!

Caught short?

For anyone who has ever been faced with the impossible task of attending to (ahem) personal care in public places, check out Changing Places, a pressure group that is lobbying for more appropriate facilities for people with additional needs. They even have a list of places to ‘go’!

I hope you found something here to inspire, inform or exchange. If you did, please let us know and I’ll make it a regular feature!

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Ginny Tyler

Learning Disabilities Specialist


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