Thursday, 16 June 2011

Learning Disability Awareness Week 2011

It’s Learning Disability Awareness Week from 20 to 26 June and Leeds City Council and its partners - including the health, voluntary and independent sectors - are planning a wide range of events to raise public awareness of how people with learning disabilities are playing a full part in civic and community life, and contributing to Leeds’ vibrancy and success.

On Tuesday 21 June, people with learning disabilities and their helpers will set up stalls in Dortmund Square and Leeds Market, where celebrities and members of the public can pledge their support for the way people with learning disabilities in Leeds are growing in confidence and taking more and more control over their lives.

On Wednesday 22 June, a trip to the House of Commons will build on a hugely successful event held earlier this year, when people with learning disabilities took over Leeds’ own seat of democracy in the council chamber and debated issues of importance.

On Friday 24 June, the grounds of Temple Newsam House will be taken over for a massive picnic and on Saturday, the week will be rounded off with an event hosted by Leeds Rhinos.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member with responsibility for adult health and social care said:
“These events are a great way to raise public awareness of how people with learning disabilities are making a valuable contribution to the success and vibrancy of our city.

“Unfortunately, not all people with learning disabilities are given the same opportunities in life, and Learning Disability Awareness Week is all about addressing this and trying to secure better outcomes in every area of people’s lives, including work, education, social life and health.

“I hope that people will take the time to attend some of these events and support the drive to help people with a learning disability feel more welcome, respected and involved in their communities.”

Further details about all the events taking place can be found on the council website at http://www.leeds.gov.uk/Health_and_social_care/Help_for_adults/Learning_Disability_Awareness_week_2011.aspx

For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578
Email: claire.macklam@leeds.gov.uk