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

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8 Summary of Session 5

This session has shown you that while many people with learning disabilities want to work, there are a number of barriers that can make this hard to achieve. People with learning disabilities have a lot to offer employers but they need to be given opportunities and support to fulfill their potential.

You have learned about examples of inclusive workplaces where people with learning disabilities are part of the team and are able to develop their confidence and skills. But you have also heard some of negative experiences, where employers’ expectations of people with learning disabilities were low, and the work available was poor.

It is important that more people with learning disabilities are given opportunities to do work if they want to – either in a paid or voluntary capacity. But this work needs to be meaningful and positive, in environments that are inclusive, respectful and supportive.

This session you explored:

  • what helps people with learning disabilities get and keep a job
  • what makes it more difficult for people with learning disabilities to get and keep a job
  • what is good or bad work for people with learning disabilities.

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