If you are caring for someone with a “hidden disability”, such as a learning disability, autism or a mental health condition, you may now be entitled to a Blue Badge. A Blue Badge allows you to park in some places other people can’t and sometimes get free or discounted parking.
NHS have published a series of leaflets on their website aimed at families and carers of people with learning disabilities.
Sirona Learning Disability Liaison Nurses are working in partnership with North Bristol Trust staff to promote that each ward and department has a Learning Disability Champion.
There will be a lunch discussion group for Bristol carers of an adult with a learning disability at Carers Support Centre on Tuesday 18th June, 10.30am–12.30pm, with sandwich lunch provided.
We have 2 specialist workers who support carers of adults with learning disabilities (LD) across Bristol and South Gloucestershire. In the past this work was funded by statutory services, however since April 2018 we have had to find this funding ourselves from alternative sources. This costs us £45,000 per year; and we are extremely grateful to the charitable trusts who have supported us so far. In the last year, funds from John James Bristol Foundation and James Tudor Foundation have helped us towards the costs of delivering this vital specialist support. We will continue trying to raise funds to keep this valuable service going.
Bristol City Council are providing a new service called the Assistive Technology Service to support people with a learning disability and/or autism to live more independently with the help of assistive technology (AT). To deliver this the council will be working in partnership with WE care and Repair and Hft.
The government has announced that the eligibility criteria for the blue badge scheme will be changing to include those with ‘hidden’ disabilities. This will benefit people who are autistic or have a learning disability, dementia or a mental illness.
Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (SARAS) hope to identify the gaps and needs in service provision for survivors of sexual abuse and rape who also have a learning disability.
Do you live in Bristol and care for someone with a learning disability? The next Learning Disabilities Lunch and Discussion Group will be taking place on Tuesday 6th February, 10.30am-12.30pm, at Carers Support Centre in Fishponds.
Do you care for a family member with a learning disability?