A new service has been set up to help businesses train staff on how to support people with learning disabilities.
The Linkage Training Agency will offer courses and in-house training to firms across Lincolnshire.
Run by the learning disability charity Linkage, the courses will teach workers how to give medicine and support people with autism. There will also be deaf awareness and training to manage challenging behaviour.
This year will also see new sensory-loss course introduced, to help professionals working in schools, day centres and health services.
Manager Jane Wressell hopes it will allow workers in the care sector to improve their skill bases, and help retail businesses know how to properly help disabled customers.
“There is some good training out there,” she said. “But to have a recognised certificate from an awarding body that says, ‘you are qualified to this level’ means far more to somebody. We don’t walk around with a sign saying we are deaf. It is that awareness, and a lot of organisations are wanting awareness.
“It helps to be able to recognise some traits, which may then enable someone to deal with a situation better.
“Visual noise can be so frustrating to a deaf person, they listen with their eyes. If you are tapping a pen, all they will see is a tapping pen and they can’t keep focusing on what you are saying.
She added: “It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, as we can also help with documentation required to give some clients the chance to offset the costs through the Workforce Development Fund.”
The training can be carried out at Linkage’s Weelsby Road campus in Grimsby, or in-house.
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Source: Lincolnerecho – http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/Firms-given-chance-help-disabled-people/story-20771153-detail/story.html
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