Helping people with learning disabilities to give feedback

Guest speakers: Ruth Hudson – Insight Specialist, Joe Penrose – Insight and Feedback Officer, Katie Matthews, Aaron Oxford and Thomas Chalk – Learning Disability Network Managers

NHS England’s Insight and Learning Disability Engagement teams recently published their bite-size guide to helping people with a learning disability to give feedback. To complement this, they are running a webinar featuring examples of work the two teams have done.

The webinar is aimed at staff who do not have much experience of involving people with a learning disability in giving feedback. It will be of particular interest to staff working in Patient Experience and Communication and Engagement roles. Most of the services people with a learning disability use are the same services as everyone else and so it is important they are included in feedback and engagement work. Join the teams on the webinar to find out more about increasing the representation of one of the most seldom heard groups of people

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NAS Cygnet mentoring- findings of research project on this Mentoring Scheme for Young People with Autism Spectrum Conditions

This two-year pilot study established a tailored mentoring scheme, designed with input from autistic people and their carers, and evaluated its effectiveness in improving the mental health and wellbeing of young adults aged 16-24 with Asperger syndrome (AS) or high functioning autism (HFA). It aimed to identify whether or not mentoring has potential to be an effective intervention for this group.

Find out more on the Research Autism web pages:

Navigating airports with autism

More than one in 100 people are on the autism spectrum in the UK, which is an estimated 700,000 people. Many of these people and their families do not travel because they are concerned with the changes and disruptions in routines that traveling today requires.

Have you ever thought about what it’s like for someone with autism to navigate the unusual processes and procedures of air travel?

In April 2017 Shannon Airport in Ireland opened Europe’s first sensory room, which offers a calm space for globetrotting kids with sensory sensitivities, and their caregivers. The mellow space has low lighting and spa-like music. There are colour-changing LEDs, an undulating wavy wall, and cloud and solar system projections which the children and free to play with and explore.

Read more here to find out about other autism friendly supports at airports:

NCMH: Engage to Change project- supporting employment

Funded by The Big Lottery, Dr Stephen Beyer and teams award-winning Engage to Change project was launched in 2016 and aims to work with 800 employers across Wales to help 1,000 young people with learning disability and/or autism to develop their employment skills.

It is the first initiative of its kind in Wales, supporting young people to gain experience in the workplace and develop transferable skills through a person-centred approach. This means one-to-one job coaching and specialist employment support for both the young person and employer.

Find out more about the pproject here:

Spotlight on: Engage to Change

NCMH & Aneurin Bevan University Health Board: New programme to help people with a learning disability better manage their mental health

In collaboration with the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board the National Centrre for Mental Health (NCMH) have developed a new programme which aims to support people with both a learning disability and a mood disorder.

The Mood Awareness Programme (MAP) is a pioneering psycho-education course for people with a learning disability to acquire techniques and strategies to help them manage their mental health, experience reduced symptoms and have longer periods of good mental health.

More information about the programme is available here: