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People with learning disabilities and mental health needs still suffer from enormous stigma and prejudice, which in turn creates huge barriers in enabling them to access the rights and opportunities that others take for granted.
United Response want to create a “disability consultancy”, staffed by people with learning disabilities and mental health needs to deliver training and awareness sessions to key agencies, public services and private bodies and to raise awareness of what it means to have a learning disability. This will empower the consultancy’s employees as well as being able to deliver unique training that could really impact on people’s perceptions of what it means to have a learning disability and in turn lead to more inclusive services. The consultancy will tackle issues such as accessible communications, how to promote a more inclusive society and fight isolation for people with learning disabilities, focusing in particular on key areas including access to healthcare, financial inclusion and preventing bullying.