Learning Disability Week

20 June 2011

This week we are celebrating Learning Disability Week, a week which provides charities and care organisations with an opportunity to raise awareness of the important issues that impact on the lives of people with learning disabilities. Only 7% of people with a learning disability have a job, yet 65% of people with a learning disability want one.

I have been working here at the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities as Admin Support for six years. I used to volunteer with Office Angels at Wimbledon for ten months where I learnt admin skills which I now use in my job.

I have a Circle of Support at work. This is a group of people in all different departments in our organisation who meets every two months to talk about my work load and social outings. For example we are planning to go on a boat trip for our yearly outing.

I have lots of variety at work and below are some things I do:

Speaking At Events

I am often asked by my team to speak at different events. For example I recently spoke to students with learning disabilities at Hackney College about my transition to employment. In May I went to London Bridge to speak to teachers about my work and my Circle of Support. I also visited Grantham and Plymouth to give my presentations. I like going out and about and talking about what I do.

Working on Projects

I am very excited that I am going to House of Lords on Friday 15th July with my colleague, Jill Davies. We have been invited because we did some work on a project called ‘Sonia Is Feeling Sad’ last year which is being launched on this date.

Creating Easy Read Documents

Another Project I have worked on is an evaluation of 'Live with a Healthy Heart'. This was made by the British Heart Foundation. I helped make surveys Easy Read for people with learning disabilities using photo-symbols. As part of this work I went with a colleague to help people use the resource and evaluate it. We gave out questionnaire forms to the students and helped them to tick inside the boxes.

FPLD Staff

I think FPLD are a very special team and look forward to bigger and better things for our team. I like it when the whole team work together and I would like my team to continue to be a successful team in the future.