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Learning Disability Week 2024

June 17, 2024

This year’s Learning Disability Week (17-23 June 2024) celebrates the varied contributions people with a learning disability make to society. The theme ‘Do you see me?’ is about making sure people with a learning disability are seen, heard, and valued.

Nationally it is estimated that approx. 2% of the population has a learning disability and in our region (WECA – Bristol, BANES and South Gloucestershire) that represents about 18,000 people. About 70% of this group are under the age of 65 and only 4.8% of people known to Adult Social Care are in any form of paid work.

At WE Work we know that having a job is a fundamental way to make a valuable contribution. We know that having a job and being visible in the work place helps to reduce societal stigma and promotes inclusion.

Watch this video from Learning Disability Week | Bridge Creative about Tom and his role.

For anyone who has not seen The Hiring Chain from a few years back The Hiring Chain | CoorDown  with “it’s virtuous chain of inclusion in the workplace” it’s rather inspiring. (Sting might not be everyone’s cup of tea but the message is great, so it’s worth a watch!)

Read more here about Learning Disability Week 2024 here:

Learning Disability Week 2024 | Mencap

Learning Disability Week: What it’s it all about? – BBC Newsround

Stigma about people with learning disabilities are holding us back – Big Issue

Learning Disability Week 2024