We are delighted to announce the launch of our latest title – Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities.

There are around 1.5 million people in the UK who have a learning disability. This interesting and thought-provoking new resource aims to increase people’s understanding of learning disability support.

Like many of our others titles, our learning resource for this qualification has been reviewed and officially endorsed by the awarding organisation NCFE. This means that our materials have been written to a high standard and allow learners to meet all the learning outcomes within the qualification. We pride ourselves in the robust nature and quality of our resources, so in addition to the NCFE review, we have also had the resource peer reviewed by two independent experts. One of our reviewers, Gail Spencer, is a learning disability registered nurse and heads up training at New Boundaries Group, an organisation that supports individuals with learning disabilities across the east of England. Gail also has a son and a sister with a learning disability. Gail commented: “This is an excellent resource. It is thorough without being excessive for the candidate. I am sure it will make staff members reflect on their practice and enable them to be better informed so they can deliver good person-centred care to any individual.”

The qualification is aimed at learners who work with, or would like to work with, individuals with learning disabilities. Although it will be particularly useful to those working in health and social care, we feel it will also be of interest to those who work in education or housing support roles.

Information for learning providers: The NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities (learning aim reference: 601/1687/0) is a full level 2 qualification and eligible for AEB funding. If you would like to request a free inspection sample, please get in touch via our contact us page.

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Most commentators would agree that we are living in more enlightened and optimistic times in terms of our approach to learning disability support. Individuals with learning disabilities are now being offered more personalised services with a greater emphasis on active participation. More and more people with a learning disability are getting married, holding down a career, and successfully managing their personal budgets. Much still needs to be done, but we wanted to reflect this optimistic mood throughout our resources. For instance, rather than selecting a bland and stereotypical image for our book cover, we asked some of our customers to vote for their favoured cover from a range of image ideas. The abstract image of Chinese sky lanterns, with connotations of reaching new heights and aspiration, came out on top. Many thanks to those who took part in our poll!