15 – 21 June 2020
The theme for this year’s Learning Disability Awareness week is the importance of friendships during lockdown.
The information is for everyone!
We have produced some of this information but some information comes from others.
On our website you will also find out health information on Coronavirus.
More information about Learning Disability Week can be found on the Mencap Website
Some people can’t wear a face mask because of a disability or severe distress. Disability Travel Support have made some cards that can help explain this. You can download them at keepsafe.org.uk or contact Winchester Go LD for help.
Information about coronavirus from Mencap
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new type of illness. There are now a number of people in the UK who have got it and it is spread easily.
Because of this we have created information about coronavirus for you to use, including:
Poster produced by Esia Dean, Health Facilitation Team, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust April 14
If you have a disability that may not be immediately obvious but would appreciate support from staff in UK airports, certain railways, shops, hospitals and other public venues, then you may be interested to know there is a lanyard you can wear to signal this.
The lanyard, which is entirely voluntary for people with hidden disabilities and their families, acts as a discreet sign for staff that additional support or help may be required.
The hidden disabilities lanyard is also called the “sunflower lanyard” because of its appearance – a strip of green with a pattern of yellow sunflowers. Once you get one, it is yours to keep and use for future travels, visits and outings where the scheme is recognised.
In 2016, Gatwick launched the first-of-its-kind lanyard for passengers with hidden disabilities who may require additional support when travelling through the airport.
For instance, by wearing the lanyard at Gatwick or other major UK airports, you could receive support with:
getting more time to prepare at check-in and security
getting a more comprehensive briefing on what to expect as you travel through the airport
staff assisting with reading a departure board or sign.
Railways and ferries.
The lanyard scheme is gradually being adopted by railways. It is now being used by LNER, which operates the London North Eastern routes, and c2c, which serves 26 stations in East London and South Essex.
Tescos and Sainsburys Winchester are both signed up to the Sunflower lanyard scheme. They have given Winchester Go LD a supply for our members. Please get in touch if you would like one at email@example.com.
A very helpful guide from Mencap with regards Care Act Easement – in easy read.