The Lived Experience of People with a learning disability
Choose a topic that you have studied in The Lived Experience of People with a learning disability module to design a poster and write a reflective essay based on this topic.
You are required to produce a poster / visual presentation to inform health professionals/ the public, of a chosen topic from this module –
Topics you can choose for your assignment:
• Advocacy and people with a learning disability
• Cultural Awareness when supporting people with a learning disability
• Understanding Autism and people with a learning disability
• Healthcare Inequalities for people with a learning disability
• Positive Behaviour Support
The poster should include images and words that clearly communicate:
• What the identified topic is and a rationale for your choice.
• Why health professionals/general public should have knowledge of this topic
• Your role as a learning disability nurse in relation to this topic.
• Discuss your role as a learning disability nurse in relation to that topic.
Rationale for the Topic
- Persons with learning disabilities possess poorer health relative to the general population
- Individuals with learning disabilities experience premature deaths attributed to preventable causes (Ford 2020)
- Individuals with learning disabilities continue to experience many barriers to healthcare access and this necessitates the comprehension of the healthcare inequalities experienced by this population among healthcare professionals and general public.
- Persons with learning disabilities have a higher likelihood of having impaired hearing, vision, understanding, verbal communication, and mobility.
- These individuals have a higher likelihood of having more long-term problems and comorbidities relative to the general population. They are also at a higher risk of developing dementia, epilepsy, heart disease, and diabetes (Bowness, 2014).
- The risk of other diseases apart from long-term conditions is higher in these individuals relative to the general population. For instance, the risk associated with gastrointestinal cancer is two-fold in persons with learning disabilities as it within the general population.
- Individuals with learning disabilities have a higher likelihood of presenting late and having unmet and unidentified health needs (Bowness, 2014).
- The failure or inability of health services to address the needs of these individuals contributes largely to health inequities and inequalities they face (Hosking et al., 2016). This situation contradicts the provision of the Equaltity Act (2010), which proscribes discrimination , victimisation, and harrassment for persons with protected traits (NHS, 2015).