- Under 10% of adults with a learning disability living with their family have a paid job
- An increasing number of people with learning disabilities seeking work remain under-supported
- The new guide aims to support family carers help their relative enter into employment
The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, in partnership with The National Valuing Families Forum is today launching “Getting a Job”, a guide to help adults with learning disabilities into employment.
An increasing number of people with learning disabilities want a job, and the new guide is designed to support families and help overcome the barriers that prevent their relatives secure a rewarding working life.
This comes at a time when investment into employment schemes for people with learning disabilities continue to deliver disappointing results, yet the importance of work to an individual’s self-esteem, independence and sense of purpose is well known.
The Getting a Job guide, written by Dave Barker, a family carer at the National Valuing Families Forum, includes: information on the value of working, where to find support, simple and achievable top tips and a practical action plan to get started.
Dave Barker said: “Because we are in it for life, we cannot put total trust in professionals and organisations that come and go.
“We should work together and lead the process of getting a job and this guide will help those who want to do this.”
Christine Burke, Senior Development Manager at the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, said: “Families have a hard enough time sourcing accurate support and information to provide the best quality of life for their relatives. This guide will offer useful information, raise aspirations and make employment an option for people with learning disabilities most of whom want to work.
About the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities is the directorate of the Mental Health Foundation dedicated to helping people with learning disabilities live their lives to the full.