- Access can be helped by services that offer ‘individual, tailor-made support’ and that are based on knowing the person with learning difficulty really well.
- Access can be helped by providing what is called an “umbrella” of support, where “small steps at a time” are taken so that it is not so far to fall.
- Access can be helped when everyone communicates in the way the person with learning difficulty prefers (for example using Makaton or a symbols board).
- Access can be helped when staff from different services (for example health and social services) work together.
High expectations and positive attitudes
- We need to believe in what people with learning disabilities can do- their capacities and their capabilities.
- We need to do positive assessments, where we start with what people can do and not that they cannot do.
"I will find something else [job]. I am not a failure. I am a determined person" [Mathew Smith]