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Hearing care for people with learning disabilities and autistic people

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This forth Community event focusses on access to audiology & hearing services for people with learning disabilities and autistic people.

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People with learning disabilities and autistic people have higher levels of hearing loss than the general population. However, these groups are less likely to have their hearing loss identified and well-managed by hearing services (Audiology). Unmanaged hearing loss can impact on people’s quality of life, ability to communicate with others and educational and work opportunities.

We are a research team based at the University of Manchester, working with Health Education England (South-East region). We want to find out why hearing loss is not identified and managed as well for people with learning disabilities and autistic people. We will be running focus groups (group meetings, in-person and online) in Kent, Surrey, and Sussex this summer, to ask people with learning disabilities and autistic people about their good and bad experiences of accessing hearing care. We want to use what we find out to advise hearing professionals about how they could improve their hearing care. You can find our website here: https://sites.manchester.ac.uk/aldap/

In this event we will tell you about what we are doing in our study and how you can help. We will talk about some of the problems we think there are in delivering hearing services for these groups, and how hearing care might be improved. We will also talk about the importance of including people with learning disabilities and autistic people as ‘experts by experience’ when we carry out research about them. We hope you can join us and give us your ideas about our study.


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Organiser Learning Disability Community of Practice

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The Learning Disability Community of Practice was established in 2013 by a group of people in Kent and Medway, who were concerned with collaborative, coproduced and coordinated care.

The Ultimate Purpose of the Community of Practice is to enable people with learning disabilities to live Healthy, Safe and Fulfilled lives.

All events and activities will be concerned with enabling and empowering health, care and education professionals and allies to work in partnership with people with learning disabilities and their families.

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