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

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7.1 Improving health and wellbeing

In the next video, Cian explains how he overcame his mental ill health and overeating.

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Cian explained that things changed for him when he discovered Access All Areas, a drama group for people with learning disabilities and autism. It is perhaps a paradox that at a time when inclusion is viewed as so important, organisations specifically for people with learning disabilities and their families are necessary.

Activity 5 Pedal Power an organisation for people with learning disabilities and their families

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Some people believe that special activities for people with learning disabilities and their families are part of a discredited past, when people with learning disabilities were shut away. Watch this video about Pedal Power, a social activity for people with learning disabilities and their families. Then respond to the poll at the link that follows.

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Once you have submitted your choice you can then see how others have voted.

Segregated or special services and activities remain controversial, but there is plenty of evidence that in a world where not everyone is equal, organisations and events specifically for people with learning disabilities have an important part to play in promoting a sense of wellbeing and combatting loneliness.

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