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Government seeks views on learning disability and autism training

Standards for learning disability and autism training for health and care staff will improve as government launches a consultation on a draft code of practice.

People with a learning disability and autistic people face poorer health outcomes than the general population, and it is crucial that health and care staff are equipped with the right knowledge and skills to provide high-quality, personalised care and help reduce inequalities in health outcomes.

The new legal training requirement and introduction of a code of practice are important steps in improving the care that people with a learning disability and autistic people receive.

I think it’s crucial that those who do not have a background or understanding of the Autism Spectrum or those with a learning disability to be educated on what life is like anyone with a diagnosis of the latter. I think all employers should enforce Autism and Learning Disability Awareness training on their employees to enable them to be able to understand the behaviours and emotions that autistic individuals go through on a day to day basis. I have first hand experience of meeting people who have no recollection of what Autism is or dismiss it, branding me as “weird” or “odd” because I wanted to be someone’s friend or try to socialise with others. As a society, we have a long journey ahead of us to improve and raise the profile of Autism and learning disabilities alike, as not there is a spectrum and everyone is different, that’s what makes us unique ✨

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