Published Friday, 18th October 2019

Helping people with learning disabilities live the best possible life is at the heart of a strategy will be launched on Monday 21 October by partners in the city.

York’s learning disability strategy will be presented by the Learning Disability Partnership at Priory Street. The strategy aims to support people with learning disabilities to live fulfilling lives, and to raise awareness of the help and support available to them, as well as what more needs to be done.

For the past 18 months, people across York have been talking and working together to prepare the all-age learning disabilities strategy. It prioritises how to live well in York from birth to later life. These priorities are being as independent, healthy and included in their communities as much as possible.

The four main priorities of the strategy are: education, life-long learning and employment; participating in and contributing to the community; living as independently and being as healthy as possible. Action plans around these are being drawn up with the partnership.

Central to this work are people with learning disabilities themselves, together with their families and carers, volunteers and professionals from across education and employment, health and social care, travel and culture. An easy read version of the strategy has been published.

Cllr Ian Cuthbertson, executive member for children, young people and education, said: “We know that in York, more children with complex needs are living much longer into adult life. Of them 45% of all children with learning disabilities attend special school and 35.7% attend mainstream schools. We want all our children and young people with disabilities to have the best possible learning outcomes and start in life.”

Cllr Carol Runciman, executive member for health and adult social care, said: “Ensuring adults with learning disabilities live fully and independently means giving them as much choice and control over their lives as possible. Adults with learning disabilities are living much longer and supporting them to play a meaningful part in society while being as healthy as possible, are key to the strategy.”

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