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Misconceptions About Leaning Disability Preventing Employment

Dec 1, 2017


If you are looking for offices to let in Liverpool then you may be expanding your workforce.

If so have you considered whether or not any of your roles would be suitable to someone with a learning disability.

Mencap Wales’ director Wayne Crocker has voiced concerns that there are too many people with learning disabilities out of work, and that this is due to a lack of understanding from employers about learning disabilities. This was in turn blocking employment opportunities.

They point that that while eight out of ten people with a learning disability only have a mild or moderate one, just two in ten people with a learning disability are in employment.

Increasing the number of people with learning disabilities in employment is part of the NHS’ five-year plan, and is something the Mencap has been promoting for many years now.

They say that in order for people with learning difficulties to be successfully employed then employers need to be supported, there need to be better attitudes from employers towards people with learning disabilities and the improved health and wellbeing of the employee needs to be central.

Charity Mencap Cymru estimated 70,000 people have learning disabilities and 14,000 are known to social services, with 800 of those in employment.

Despite this there are a range of high street shops that do have a programme to encourage people with learning disability into work, including Greggs, Costa and Jojo Maman Bebe.

Roisin Currie, people and retail director for Greggs, said: "There is a vast untapped talent pool of people who can really make a positive impact to businesses."

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