Communication with people who have learning disabilities

choose ONE of the following scenarios:

• Alan is a 24 year old man with autism. He needs to have a blood test at the hospital.

• Rishma is a 54 year old woman with Down’s Syndrome. Her doctor has told her she needs to lose weight as she is at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

• Molly is 15. She has moderate learning disabilities and was recently diagnosed with epilepsy.

Imagine you are to make a resource to support the person with their health or wellbeing need and then answer the following questions:

(NB The word count is indicative. This means it is a guide, not a requirement. But your essay should be 2000 words +/- 10% excluding the questions themselves and references.)

  1. Think about the person you are you designing it for. What do you need to take into account when designing your resource? (100 words)
  2. What format will you use? You could use a leaflet, an information sheet, a social story, or any other format that is effective. How did you reach your decision? (200 words)
  3. How will you populate your resource? There are lots of sources of pictorial information online and through programmes like Widget or Boardmaker. (100 words)
  4. What is it about your resource that makes it accessible? (100 words)
  5. Are there any drawbacks to using the resource you’ve developed? (100 words)

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