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British Institute of Learning Disabilities Conference

Posted on 15th September 2016 by

BILD Annual Conference ad

We’re very happy to announce that Interact has been selected to run two workshops at the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) annual conference this year.

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What’s next for Better Futures?

Posted on 30th June 2016 by

We recently received the extremely disappointing news that we had not been successful in gaining continuation funding for our BIG Lottery funded service, Better Futures. The service worked with people with disabilities who needed help to get into volunteering. Sometimes that help was figuring out what they wanted to do, sometimes it was finding a role that they were interested in, or understanding the application process. We helped people to start, and we helped them after they did, as they were accompanied by our staff into their new placement and given 8 weeks of support to learn the requirements of the role and do things like consider reasonable adjustments they needed and gain confidence in travelling to and from their placement. We’re hugely proud that once people completed their 8 weeks of direct support 9 out of 10 wanted to continue without that support, newly confident in something they didn’t feel able to engage with alone just a few months earlier. You can read stories from some of our clients here but these are just a handful of nearly 150 that were supported across the project.

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Improving Support for Parents with Learning Disabilities

Posted on 26th May 2016 by

Life for parents with learning disabilities isn’t just hard — it can be isolating, unsupported, and unfair.

When Brighton & Hove City Council announced they were convening a Fairness Commission to look at inequalities in Brighton & Hove and were seeking examples of unfairness across the city, our first thought was to the situation we see every day surrounding parents with learning disabilities. Our Interact service provides advocacy support to these parents who are being tested on their ability to look after their children, a test where the price of failure can be never seeing your child again.

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The Sussex Police Pegasus card

Posted on 11th December 2015 by

Pegasus card

The Pegasus card, pictured above, is available for anyone who has a disability or illness that may make it hard to communicate with the police in an emergency or difficult situation.

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