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Consultation launched on learning disability strategy

Published on Friday, February 8, 2019

A CONSULTATION has been launched to ask people for their views on how the city council could improve services for people with a learning disability.

The consultation, which runs until 23 April, is inviting people to have their say on a draft learning disability strategy which has been developed.

The strategy has been written by members of the local Learning Disability Partnership Board, which includes people who have a learning disability, their family members, care providers and professionals who work in this area. It examines the services that people with learning disabilities typically use – such as health and social care, housing, employment and services for carers.

The draft strategy then sets out what people with a learning disability should be able to expect from services, and how good practice will be achieved.

Ideas include working closely with social care and education teams to help them understand how to make reasonable adjustments; working to ensure ‘hidden’ disabilities and emotional support needs are understood, and making it easier for a person with a learning disability to make a complaint if they want to.

The strategy will be available in ‘Easy Read’ format to assist people with learning disabilities.

Cllr Vi Dempster, assistant city mayor responsible for adult social care, said: “It’s really important that we develop plans like this one in conjunction with people who have a learning disability, so I would encourage as many service users as possible – and their families and carers – to take part in this consultation and tell us what they think of this draft strategy.

As part of the consultation process, a series of targeted events will be held to help people with learning disabilities to share their views.

Once finalised later this year, the strategy will run until 2022 and will shape the way in which services are developed.

To take part in the consultation, visit consultations.leicester.gov.uk

Anyone who would like to request extra help, a paper copy or an Easy Read copy of the consultation can email ascconsultations@leicester.gov.uk

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