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Do you have a job for someone with learning disabilities?

by derekdeedman on 29 October, 2012

I attended an excellent film show at a special Learning Difficulties Partnership Board presentation recently on how easy it is to make employment opportunities available to people with learning disabilities.

The film, made by West Sussex County Council & Workaid (The Aldingbourne Trust) lasts just 15 minutes, but clearly convinced the representatives of many employers present, who joined in a workshop session showing that they agreed that those with learning disabilities could do almost any job given the right training and help.

Employment levels for those with learning difficulties is very low compared with the national average, but, as shown by the film there is no reason why this should not be increased with employers becoming aware how this could be done. West Sussex County Council is at last taking a lead on this with some 40 real jobs being made available for West Sussex residents with learning disabilities.

I am very pleased that, following my suggestion last year, the concessionary bus pass scheme was extended in April to include those with learning disabilities being able to have a pass for use at any time. This enables them to get to work at the start of the day for jobs which, sadly, are often low paid or voluntary work.

To view the film, “Give it the Green Light” follow this link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLAnmJbim30

WorkAid offers a FREE SERVICE to employers and works closely with you to match the needs of your business to the skills of people with learning disabilities.

Want to know more? Contact WorkAid at the Aldingbourne Country Centre, Blackmill Lane, Norton, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0JP. ‘Phone 01243 546035, Email workaid@aldingbournetrust.co.uk, web www.aldingbournetrust.co.uk

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  1. Rachel Smither says:

    Hi Derek,

    I would like to thank you personally for all your support in making a differnce to indiviudals with learning disabilities, who are now able to travel at anytime on the buses, this has opened up opportunities of employment.

    On another note, I’m pleased you found the presentation informative and appreciate your web page promoting our service. If you know of any opportunities or individuals I need to contact, do not hesitate to contact me. Kindest Regards Rachel Smither.

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