|#MyGPandMe: Helping make GP practices more accessible: The #MyGPandMe research report found that almost a third of people with learning disabilities or autism feel less likely to be treated with care and concern at the doctors, and two thirds said their GP did not make reasonable adjustments for them. Dimensions have developed #MyGPandMe – a campaign that is providing training for all GP surgery staff, sharing information and resources with patients and support teams and calling on policymakers to reduce health inequality. Almost all GPs surveyed said they would like extra training in these areas. Read more
Contribute to a research project on workers with mild learning disabilities: Rebecca Warrillow is trying to recruit participants for a research study she is undertaking for her Masters degree. This dissertation project aims to assess how people with learning disabilities experience the move into work for the first time and how the person’s identity or sense of self influences these transitions and vice versa. Rebecca is looking for 5 participants who have mild learning disabilities who have recently started working in a paid job for the first time and who fit the below criteria:
- the person must be in their first paid job for no longer than 10 months
- the research cannot include people with aspergers (ASD)
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Know Your Normal: The experiences of young autistic people: Know Your Normal: Know Your Normal (#knowyournormal) is a new report on mental health in autism. The aim of the research was to find out about the mental health experiences of young autistic people (16-25 years) across England and to make recommendations on how best to meet their needs. To support these changes, the Youth Patrons have created a number of resources including a toolkit, a stigma-busting animation and training for education, social care and health professionals.
Over 1.5 million people were destitute in the UK in 2017: The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) is calling for the redesign of the social security system to ensure that nobody in the UK is left without the bare essentials that we all need to eat, stay warm and dry, and keep clean. JRF’s Destitution in the UK 2018 report says serious physical health and mental health problems were reported by almost half of all destitute respondents. Read more
Carers action plan 2018 to 2020 published: The plan sets out how the government will improve support for carers in England over the next 2 years. Read more
New research into funding for adult social care published: The Review of Adult Social Care Relative Needs Formulae proposes a new formula to be used with the Local Government Finance Settlement. Read more
Review launched to encourage more disabled people to take up high profile public appointments: The Minister for Implementation, Oliver Dowden, today announced a review that will make recommendations on how to encourage more disabled people to apply for public appointments. The review will be led by Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE and is expected to report in, later in 2018. Read more
State Pension Credit to be paid for children from 1st February 2019: The State Pension Credit (Additional Amount for Child or Qualifying Young Person) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 provide for the payment of an additional amount to a pension credit claimant entitled to the standard minimum guarantee, where that claimant is responsible for a child or qualifying young person and does not have an award of a tax credit.
Transpennine Express: Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People have started an online petition about the TransPennine Express decision to run services that are totally inaccessible to wheelchair-users
Advanced Career Guidance and Coaching Skills master classes: These Career Development Institute classes are being run throughout England. They are designed for experienced practitioners who wish to focus on aspects of practice that cannot be delivered by on-line resources and which require a high level of artistry. Find out more