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Differently Abled: making a difference to people with learning disabilities

16 January, 2018

People with learning disabilities, their friends, family and carers in Hull and the East Riding can get advice and information about the support available to them at a free event next month at the KCOM Stadium.

Differently Abled has been planned by City Health Care Partnership CIC (CHCP CIC) and other local organisations with the aim of raising awareness about the needs of people with a learning disability and offering support and advice for their carers. The event, which takes place on Friday 9 February, will also provide a networking and learning opportunity for health and social care professionals.

It’s the first time an event of this type has been organised in Hull and Suzanne Nicholls, a Learning Disability Primary Care Liaison Nurse for CHCP, explained its importance. She said: “There is a wide range of support available for people with a learning disability, but half the battle can be signposting them to the right care and support. This event will enable us to do that all under one roof.

“People with learning disabilities are 58 times more likely to die before the age of 50, partly due to health conditions that could have been avoided.” 

The event will feature a Health Zone, which will have medical experts on hand to discuss medication, problems such as epilepsy and to perform blood pressure checks and other tests. It is hoped this can increase awareness of the importance of health checks and significantly reduce health inequalities locally.

There will also be an Information Zone, where visitors can receive details on day services, social activities, benefit advice and employment, and a Communication Zone, at which speech and language therapists will be showcasing eye gaze equipment and demonstrating how to create a communication friendly environment.

Differently Abled will also feature an Autism Reality Experience, an immersive training facility that can help people to understand more about the sensory difficulties faced by autistic people.

All local health and social care staff are being encouraged to attend, as the certified event will allow them to speak to others in the industry, including the heads of organisations such as Hull and East Riding Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, who are hosting an informal Q&A session.

Miss Nicholls added: “This event will be a valuable learning opportunity for all staff, as it will increase people’s confidence when working with people who have a learning disability and also give staff an awareness of the diverse range of services available locally.”

Differently Abled takes place at the KCOM Stadium on Friday 9 February, from 10am until 4pm. For more information, call 01482 222220 or email