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

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6 The impact of getting a job

This session has shown that there are a number of barriers to people with learning disabilities getting the jobs they want. However, as Shaun’s experiences highlighted in the previous section, finding a good job can make a big difference to their lives. Now complete Activity 7 which looks at another example of the positive impact work can have.

Activity 7 Positive stories of work

Timing: Allow about 10 minutes

Watch this video of people with learning disabilities at work. Then answer the questions below.

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  1. What can an employer do to support people with learning disabilities into work?

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Some of the things you may have picked up from the film include: offering working interviews; providing training; having a positive attitude towards learning disability; looking at the overall picture to see which jobs might suit a person with a learning disability; not pre-judging someone’s ability.

  1. What are the benefits to the employer?
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These include the potential to employ hardworking, reliable and loyal employees. Employing people with learning disabilities can also give a positive impression and show that the organisation is inclusive.

  1. What are the benefits to the employee?
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Discussion

In the film, some people commented that getting a job they liked had changed their life. It can provide enjoyment, a sense of satisfaction and a way to make new relationships.

The film shows that there can be many benefits to individuals and employers when people with learning disabilities are given the opportunity to work. One contributor to the video you have just watched emphasised to employers that they shouldn’t be afraid and mustn’t put up barriers. Films like this are important to show positive examples of where things are working well, and why.

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