Coronavirus and People with Learning Disabilities Research Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Coronavirus and People with Learning Disabilities research is different.

 

 

It is different because researchers are talking to 1000 people with learning disabilities across the whole United Kingdom.

 

Not people who are speaking FOR people with learning disabilities. But self advocates themselves.

 

 

 

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COVID 19 Vaccines Campaign – Update and reply from JCVI

On the 18th of December, the JCVI replied to the Open Letter that Learning Disability England and partners sent to them in November.

 

The Open Letter asked for ALL people with learning disabilities and their family and paid supporters to be made a priority for the Covid 19 vaccine.

 

You can read the reply here.

You can read the Open Letter here.

 

The JCVI said in their reply that they will not add all people with learning disabilities to the priority list for vaccination.

 

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Coronavirus Lessons Learnt Joint Inquiry: Letter to Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP and Rt Hon Greg Clark MP

Ian Davies and Chris Hatton have written to Jeremy Hunt, the Chair of the Health and Social Care House of Commons Select Committee and Greg Clark , the Chair of the Science and Technology House of Commons Select Committee.

Ian Davies is a self-advocate and founding member of Northamptonshire People First.

Chris Hatton is Professor of Social Care at Manchester Metropolitan University.

 

Their letter raises their concerns that no one with a learning disability was included as an expert witness in the spoken evidence session of the Coronavirus: Lessons Learnt Inquiry.

 

You can read the letter here.

 

 

 

 

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Unequal impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services

On 22 December Scott Watkin, Co Chair of Learning Disability England’s Representative Body, appeared on Good Morning Britain.

 

Scott talked about his and his family’s experiences of life during COVID.

 

 

 

You can watch the video here

 

 

 

Scott’s interview echoes the findings of the Women and Equalities Committee Report called Unequal impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services published on 22 December.

 

 

 

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Staying safe at Christmas and Season’s Greetings!

The government have changed the rules since Gary wrote this blog. We have updated the links where the rules have changed.

The new government rules include

  • Tier 4 rules that say stay at home and you cannot meet anyone outside your house or bubble. The places in Tier 4 are mostly in London, South and East – you can find them here
  • Christmas changes to the rules are only for 1 day now

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COVID vaccine campaign update – the letter to Jonathan Van-Tam

Over the last few months, Learning Disability England has been taking action and campaigning for people with learning disabilities to be prioritised for the COVID 19 vaccine.

 

On 27th November the Representative Body Co Chairs wrote to Helen Whatley MP, the Minister for Care.

And Learning Disability England coordinated and was co signatory to an Open Letter to the JCVI.

 

 

You can find out more and read those letters here.

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All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Learning Disability

   

Blog by Ivan Olbrechts and James O’Rourke, Family and Friends Representative Body members

 

We recently went to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Learning Disability as Learning Disability England representatives.

You can read an easy read guide to the APPG here

The APPG wanted to talk about “The future of Transforming Care”.

We both have family members with a learning disability and felt it was important we went to this meeting to hear what the politicians are doing to stop people with learning disabilities going into hospital and how they will provide the support and treatment they need in people’s home towns.

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