For people with Learning Disabilities, their families and carers
Living well means looking after your health before anything goes wrong, as well as seeking help when something doesn’t seem right, illness strikes or you need to go into hospital. The Equality Act 2010 says all health and care organisations must make changes to their services so they can be accessible to people with disabilities, and by 31 March 2024, a new marker will be added to everyone's healthcare record to show what disabilties they have so that Reasonable Adjustments can be made for them. This includes people with a physical disability or a sensory disability, people with a learning disability or autistic people and people with a long term condition such as dementia.
Reasonable adjustments can sometimes be small changes such as:
· Providing information in an easy read format
· Installing a ramp
· Providing a quiet room for people to wait in
· Providing a longer appointment time
Reasonable adjustments can also be quite complicated to arrange and sometimes need lots of planning across health and care teams for people who have complex needs.
Reasonable adjustments are individual and should be tailored to the person.
It’s really important to speak to your health and care professionals and tell them about the reasonable adjustments you may or your loved one may need.
We have developed a range of resources to support people with a learning disability and autistic people to help communicate what reasonable adjustments they might need to their health or care professionals. They include:
With acknowledgements to our colleagues at North East and Cumbria Learning Disabilities Network.
These resources and the ones below are designed to help people take care of themselves, and for their carers and the professionals who look after them.
What is Covid, post Covid and Long Covid - BTM Projects - Resources about Covid and Long Covid from our Health and Care Champions and BTM
3 questions for better health (EasyRead)
Getting ready for a talk about your health (EasyRead)
Cancer screening - videos made by our Health and Care Champions with community language subtitles
Going for a cervical screening
Going for a cervical screening – Punjabi
Going for a cervical screening - Urdu
Going for a cervical screening – Polish
Going for a breast screening
Going for a breast screening - Punjabi
Going for a breast screening - Urdu
Going for a breast screening - Polish
Completing your bowel screening kit
Completing your bowel screening kit – Punjabi
Completing your bowel screening kit – Urdu
Completing your bowel screening kit - Polish
Resources for professionals and clinicians