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Good practice guide
The Shaw Trust, a national charity, have produced a good practice guide which demonstrates what works in transition from education to employment for people with a learning disability. NHS organisations have found that the section on supported employment particularly useful.
Employment plan for people with learning disabilities
All local government areas have a Learning Disability Partnership Board. The partnership board can be a very useful organisation when developing and introducing a local strategy for employment. Northamptonshire’s draft example plan is extensive and provides much relevant and useful information for NHS organisations.
- View Northamptonshire Learning Disability Partnership Board's employment plan
Surrey County Council has produced a staff handbook in Easy Read and much of the procedures and information has been found to be a very useful as a guide or start point for other public sector organisations.
How to guide
Learning from the Valuing Employment Now demonstration sites has been collected into a ‘How to’ guide and covers the different models of employment and internship used by the VEN demonstration sites. It also contains relevant background information and useful resources.
Handbook for employers
Published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Employing people with learning disabilities: a handbook for employers by Susan Hemmings and Jenny Morris is a practical and easy to use guide, which includes practical tips, checklists and real examples of how people with learning disabilities have been employed in 26 organisations.
The organisations below all produce information, advice and guidance on learning disabilities and employment.
- BASE -The British Association for Supported Employment website lists supported employment agencies in your area.
- Mencap - Offer a wide range of services to support people with learning disabilities including leisure, housing and training.
- Remploy - Remploy are dedicated to ‘putting ability first’ and are well placed to support NHS organisations.
- British Institute for Learning Disabilities - Primarily a service provider specialising in education and advocacy services for those with learning disabilities.
- Employers Forum on Disability - A membership organisation which supports companies to recruit and retain disabled employees.
- Foundation for people with learning disabilities - An organisation which promotes the rights, quality of life and opportunities of people with learning disabilities and their families.
- Directgov - The government website for citizens. Here job seekers can find out if they are eligible for Access to Work support by completing an online form.