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Exploring learning disabilities: supporting belonging
Exploring learning disabilities: supporting belonging

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1 The importance of work

While having a job may not be right for all people with learning disabilities, for many, it offers a number of potential benefits. As well as providing an income, work can give people a sense of purpose (‘a reason to get up in the morning’) and help them to make social connections. In the video below, listen to Phil Lee talking about a job his sister, Bernie, used to do, and why it was important to her.

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Phil argues that the factory job was work that Bernie enjoyed. It also meant that she and Phil shared some ‘common ground’ and could talk together about their working day. However, when industrial work for people with learning disabilities fell out of favour, this job was taken from Bernie. As you will learn in this session, access to work for people with learning disabilities is often dependent on government policy and funding, and the attitudes of others.