An open event for anyone who would like to learn more about learning disabilities, autism, learning difficulties, complex health needs and what support is available locally is being held in Hull this month.
On Thursday 14th February City Health Care Partnership CIC in partnership with other local health organisations is hosting a fully interactive event open to everyone, including people who are ‘differently abled’, friends, family, carers to find out more about what services can do for them.
The event at the Bonus Arena Hull is open from 10am and includes loads of activities, from walking through a giant 80ft inflatable bowel and boarding the autism, dementia and sensory buses, to getting your blood pressure checked.
The arena will be separated into different zones showcasing services for Children, Adults, Day and Night-time opportunities, Transition, Communication, Carers, Health, Advice and Information.
“Last year was a first for Hull when we held the inaugural Differently Abled event. It was so popular we’re doing it again, only bigger and better,” Suzanne Nichols, a Learning Disability Primary Care Liaison Nurse for CHCP explained. “This is a huge learning experience with opportunities to see what it might feel like to have autism, dementia and learning difficulties such as dyslexia, experience different ways people communicate and try out technologies/tools and resources that can support communication.
“Visitors will get to meet health and care professionals from the local area including doctors, dentists, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, counsellors and social workers.
“People with learning disabilities are 58 times more likely to die before the age of 50, partly due to health conditions that could have been avoided. At this event is we’re helping to give people the information and support to take control of their health, all under one roof.”
[Phil Yates – City Health Care Partnership]