Turning Point's MD for Learning Disability Services releases statement for International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2016

News item posted: 03 December 2016

Fiona Ritchie, Turning Point’s Managing Director for Learning Disability Services said:

‘At Turning Point we have supported people with learning disabilities for over 25 years. During that period of time we have enabled people to discover new possibilities in their lives, however big their dreams. Whether someone aims to learn a new skill or gain employment, we support them every step of the way on their journey to leading an independent and fulfilling life.

‘On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, it is more important than ever to recognise and celebrate people’s achievements. If we understand people’s challenges and the inequalities disabled people face on a day to day basis, we will stand a better chance of confronting how some view people with disabilities head on.

‘For example, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre, the percentage of people with learning disabilities in paid employment has been decreasing over the past four years. Last year only 6% of people with a learning disability were in paid employment. This is unacceptable, and we must do more to ensure people with learning disabilities can be active members of their communities, benefitting both themselves and society at large.

‘We want to do more for people like Wilmer, an individual we support at Turning Point who has dreams of one day becoming a chef. We all have a part to play, and Turning Point is determined to play its part.’