A leaflet to raise awareness and provide strategies to support communication with people with Learning Disability within the prison system.

Organisation : Speech and Language Therapy, North Edinburgh Local Office
Grant Amount : £ 163
Project Dates : September 2016 to February 2017

This project is to design and produce a leaflet which will provide information about learning disability and strategies which staff can use to support communication with service users. It is specific to the prison system where it has been difficult to complete face to face training and it is a sustainable part of a wider year long project of developing knowledge and support for people with a learning disability in the prison system. Research has shown that people with a learning disability are over represented within the prison system. Documents such as Keys to Life (Scottish Government 2013) and No One Knows (Talbot 2008 Prison Reform Trust) have recommended training and staff development in the area of learning disabilities. Feedback from some staff has been that they would like strategies that they can use to support communication with prisoners with a learning disability.