Learning Disability Awareness Week 2022

CareFlex will be joining communities throughout the UK for this year’s Learning Disability Awareness Week, which takes place from the 20th to the 26th of June. Mencap’s annual campaign strives to ensure that the world hears what life is like for individuals who have a learning disability.

Every year, Learning Disability Week aims to:

  1. Educate and raise awareness about learning disabilities
  2. Smash stigmas and end discrimination
  3. Fight and campaign for a fair society

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This year’s theme is: Living Life with a Learning Disability

People with a learning disability face inequality in every area of life. Did you know that almost 1 in 3 young people with a learning disability spend less than 1 hour outside their home on a typical Saturday? Right now, they are also facing new challenges as they try to reconnect with friends and their communities as COVID restrictions are ending; some are undoubtedly still feeling the effects of self-isolation and the associated poor mental wellbeing.

Sadly, many people don’t know what a learning disability is or what daily life can entail for someone that has one. We need to come together more than ever for those who need our support. Mencap is asking us all to have fun, learn and raise vital funds to support people with learning disabilities across the UK; a dress down day, a bake sale, or simply sharing Mencap’s message can help make a big difference in raising awareness. Mencap offers a free fundraising pack for use at work or school; it’s packed with ideas, including assemblies, posters, office challenges and everything you need to learn more about learning disabilities. Get more information here: https://www.mencap.org.uk/LDWeek, or find out how you can help by emailing: community.fundraising@mencap.org.uk.

You can also watch the Mencap MythBusters in action to meet the ambassadors who are challenging misconceptions about living with a learning disability: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaM7c0iMess.

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At CareFlex, we are committed to raising awareness for individuals with learning disabilities and will play our part by aiming to increase knowledge around the importance of postural care within daily life.

Why is postural care important?

People with learning disabilities, especially profound and multiple learning disabilities, have more significant health needs than the general population. They are more likely to have cardiorespiratory concerns, gastrointestinal reflux, diabetes, or osteoporosis. Postural care that enhances physiological functions encourages normal movement, and reduces the risk of secondary complications is vital to their daily life.

Individuals can also present with the most complex postural needs, such as scoliosis or a wind sweeping deformity. It is critical to consistently support posture throughout the full 24-hours to reduce the risk of secondary complications, such as pain, pressure injuries, spinal deformities, joint contractures and respiratory infections.  A good posture must also be achieved during mealtimes to reduce the risk of aspiration or choking.

How can specialist seating help?

Specialist seating is a fundamental part of a holistic 24-hour postural care approach; ultimately, it will improve the individual’s quality of life. Specialist seating can ensure optimum postural support at all body segments while promoting postural stability for function and independence. Providing comfort and energy conservation is also essential for interaction and engagement in a meaningful life. Adjustability and a range of functions and accessories can ensure that the specialist seating provision can be configured to the individual’s needs and adapt to the changing needs they can experience. Additionally, specialist seating is designed and engineered with the support network in mind to ensure consistently safe and appropriate use.

We will be dedicating our next live webinar sessions on Thursday, 23rd June, to dig deeper into this topic. We aim to educate health and social professionals on seating assessment and prescription for individuals with learning disabilities. You can sign up here.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss any specific seating needs or to arrange a free no-obligation assessment.