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This blog will reflect my interests in learning disabilities, nursing, nursing theory, philosophy and politics and my general interests in the arts and literature. (Nursing is an art as well as a science!) Philosophy and nursing have been intrinsically linked since the days of Socrates, his mother was a midwife, and taught him everything he knew!

Monday, April 04, 2005

Tips For Nurses and Health Professionals On How To Work With Someone With A Learning Disability

People with learning disabilities are not getting proper treatment from health services. They are not getting accessible information, staff are not spending the time to explain things. Many staff are scared of people with learning disabilities, avoid them, or treat them disrespectfully.

Here is a great video to watch, made by another student learning disability nurse, and two people with learning disabilities, giving some handy tips so that medical staff can avoid some of the pitfalls that so often crop up when people with learning disabilities try to access mainstream services, but instead find themselves being dealt with in a way that fails to meet their needs:

INTO THE MAINSTREAM

You need broadband to see the video, otherwise, you still get audio. Check out the rest of the site too - one of the best I have seen for a long, long time.

The Disability Discrimination Bill aims to make it a statutory duty on all public authorities to promote disability equality - so if you work for any public organisation, you need start thinking about how you can make your practice accessible for people with learning disabilities!

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