Benefits for employers
Sometimes a person with a learning disability may be able to do the job better than a person without a learning disability, provided that they have the right support and reasonable adjustments that they may need to do the job.
Employers are entitled to funding to help with employing someone with a learning disability as well as funding towards the equipment that they may need, or for help to travel to and from work.
There is also a job coaching service where a coach will help the employee with a learning disability learn the skills of the job they have to do.
Employing a person with a learning disability means they are less likely to have time off sick which will benefit the employer.
I have worked for Mencap in the post room for over 19 years. I have also been working in the Campaigns and Activism Team since 2006 which I really enjoy. I get support from the Lifestyles Team to help me with my different responsibilities in these roles.
People with and without a learning disability can work together well and make a great team. I know this first hand because I have done this for over 30 years now and am still friends with my colleagues.
I think that employing people with a learning disability is an excellent step in ensuring that there is no discrimination in the workplace.
Getting into work
There are apprenticeship opportunities for people with a learning disability which lasts for a year/a year and a half with support from a job coach. The apprenticeship is for people over the age of 16 or over and pays £5.30 per hour.
Mencap also runs another programme called Interns and Outcomes which support people with a learning disability aged between 16 to 24 to make steps into employment, helping them to get ahead as they move in to adulthood.