28 Jan Lets share this by the numbers
National epidemiological studies indicate that in Britain for every thousand people in the general population twenty-seven will have mild to moderate learning disabilities. It is difficult to ascertain precise figures for adults however a conservative estimate puts it at around 1.7 million people are living with learning disabilities, including Autism.
Of that 1.7 million it is estimated that only 6% (70,000) have a Job of some kind we intend to double this by creating a further 100,000 jobs in the next 10 years. The East Midlands as a region only employs 3% which is the lowest of any in the UK.
Just 1 in 3 people with a learning disability take part in some form of education or training. Compare this to the above figure the number finding work after this training is around 8 people in every thousand. Clearly something is happening are we setting expectations to high, are we putting the more able people through standard education, are we failing to train for the jobs that these people are capable of doing. It may be all of these we believe that by working with education, training organisations and other charities we can create the Jobs suitable for more people.