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New report and guide aims to support local services improve access for people with learning disabilities.

8th August 2012-Today the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, in partnership with Values Incorporated, have launched a new report and guide for local businesses and public services to make sure that they are open to all.

The ‘Accomplished Communities’ report draws on 3 years of practical work in local Kent communities and helps us better understand the most important challenges faced in multi sector work to ensure that a broad definition of access is understood and acted upon by all.

Also published today is a guide “Thinking about Inclusion” which helps staff of public service, local businesses and community services find out more about how to become accessible for people with learning disabilities. 

Part of the Building Inclusive Communities project funded by Kent County Council, the report and guide provide information and support to local services on how to go about becoming more welcoming to people with learning disabilities, to improve the service that they receive, ensure better access and ultimately improve their life chances alongside other people.

Christine Burke, Senior Development Manager at Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities says:

Although the Human Rights Act includes the right to participate in the life of one’s local community, we still hear too many first-hand accounts of the barriers that people with learning disabilities face, to participate in ordinary community life. These can range from unwelcoming, hostile or unhelpful attitudes to a lack of accessible information or difficulties in accessing transport or other local facilities.”

The three year project, focused in the districts of Swale, Tonbridge and Malling and Tunbridge Wells, aimed to learn about working with local groups and services to create a community where everyone is welcomed and included and where everyone is given the chance to contribute, to belong and be safe.

Simon Goldsmith, proprietor of Values incorporated. says:

The Accomplished Community report helps us to think about how we all work together. It goes beyond sharing information and collaboration to working together on delivery across sectors. The development of the eight Community Accomplishments will add to the further debate on how we develop much clearer measures that show how we are working to achieve equality across whole communities not just within individual services”

The project worked with local leaders to find ways of making real change to improve the community for everyone, and it partnered with local services to explore practical ways of making sure that services are open to all.

The “Accomplished Communities” report highlights the following key findings:

Christine Burke went on to say: “Developing a welcoming and accessible environment for all is sometimes seen as a hard thing to do and yet when you view good inclusive practice you realise that it is not as hard as you thought because people whoever they are want the same things and do not want to be excluded

.The Accomplished Community Report and Thinking about Inclusion Guide will be available on and

The Accomplished Community Report
Click above to read it - note; large file and may take some time to download.

Thinking About Inclusion
(Guidance to help you make your services open and welcoming to everyone - click title above to open it)

Self-assessment Template

The Accomplished Community Accessible Summary
(An easy-read summary of the Accomplished Community Report - click on title above to open it)

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