University of Manchester Access to Hearing Services Research

Researchers at The University of Manchester are working with Health Education England (South-East region) to look at the challenges that people with a learning disability face when they access Hearing Services (Audiology).

They want to speak to people with a learning disability who have used these services (e.g., for a hearing test or to get a hearing aid) or tried to use these services. They also want to speak to family members and/or carers if you have been involved in accessing hearing services for a person with a learning disability. 

For more information please phone 07917605544 or email

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KSS Hearing and Audiology Research Project needs your help.

In August Marianne Day, Shanice Thomas and Siobhan Brennan from University of Manchester presented their practice and research knowledge on the issues of hearing and audiology in people with learning disabilities and autistic people at a Community online event – please see the film below:-

The team are now looking for people with learning disabilities and autistic people in Kent Surrey and Sussex to participate in their research study to expose the barriers to access to good hearing for these communities, and outline some recommendations for adjustments to practice to improve this situation.

If you know of anyone that might like to contribute please contact Marianne via email



Research Fellow opportunity

Virtual Consultations in Primary/Community Care Project

We are excited to advertise for a Research Fellow (part-time) to undertake a project exploring experiences and views of people with learning disabilities, and their families of accessing and interacting with health/community care professionals using virtual consultations (phone, video and email).

This project is funded by the Applied Research Collaboration in Kent Surrey Sussex and is funded for 16 months.

We welcome applications from individuals who have previous qualitative research experience and have experience with working with people with Learning Disabilities, families and health/community professional groups.

For more details please see

Gender Connect In Brighton


Gender Connect is a safe space and social networking event that has been created for transgender and non-binary individuals, who are autistic, have mental health conditions, and/or a learning disability (neurodiversity). This is an event that is exclusively for transgender or non-binary individuals, or those exploring their gender identity.

These events offer individuals the chance to connect with likeminded people, discuss and share stories, establish friendships, advocate in each other, and socialise in a safe space. The events are hosted at Le Village in Kemptown, Brighton – the heart of transgender and non-binary community.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite anyone you feel would benefit from this event. We believe this is a super exciting opportunity for these service users, and it will really help to enable, empower and contribute to living fulfilled lives. These events will occur once a month and will run on the last Monday of every month.

Gender connect from Empowered Living


Gender Connect has been created by Sussex Empowered Living to support and enable people who are neuro and gender diverse with issues of social integration. Sussex Empowered Living provide supported living services for individuals who are autistic, have mental health conditions, and/or a learning disability and specialise in supporting people who identify as transgender or non-binary. Common issues for the people we support include safety, housing, understanding their rights and how these intersect with the individual’s disability.

Sussex Empowered Living have a social change goal –

To create awareness of the issues surrounding social integration and the accessibility of medical services and procedures, for individuals who are neurodiverse, who are also transgender or non-binary. 

And are keen to keen to work with anyone that shares this goal.

For any more information on these events, to register your interest, or collaborate with us on our social change goal please contact Ruben –