Resources for adults with learning disabilities

The House of Parliament’s Outreach Service provides resources to help empower and enable adults with learning disabilities (ALD) to make civic engagement choices throughout their lives.

Since the launch in 2011, the resources have been used across the UK with some groups using the resources within their organisations.

What do the resources consist of?

The specialist ALD resources include:

  • a DVD with accompanying laminated picture cards,
  • a training booklet, and
  • a learner booklet for participants to take home.

The DVD features actors with recognisable learning disabilities to help put participants at sessions at ease, and the language used throughout the DVD and booklets are concise and easy to understand.

How are the resources used?

The resources form the basis of a learning session in which participants are encouraged to think and talk about who runs the country and the laws they would like to make.

The DVD was designed to be played in scene stages, lasting up to 3 minutes, followed closely by exercises using the picture cards. Although these can vary according to audience capability, the resources are based on the premise that all exercises can be verbal and fun with full audience engagement.

Train the Trainer

A half day timeslot is also now available within the two day Training the Trainer programme – delivered nationally – to provide coaching and support for organisations so they can use the ALD resource in learning sessions to their own clients.

Contact and further information

For further information on resources for adults with learning disabilities, please contact:

Sharon Stanley
Parliamentary Outreach
Houses of Parliament
London SW1A 2TT
Telephone: 07917 488842
Email: stanleysh@parliament.uk

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Related information

Who have we worked with?

Parliament's Outreach Service has worked the following organisations in the delivery of sessions for adults with learning disabilities:

Love Your Vote Campaign

UK wide sessions for both ALDs and their carers are also being planned with Dimensions UK to coincide with their Love Your Vote campaign.

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