An important issue for VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) and many other organisations within the sector, including MacIntyre, is to work together to reduce heath inequalities for people with a learning disability.
VODG is championing for greater awareness of the health issues experienced by disabled people and the reasonable adjustments that need to be made if individuals are to have better health outcomes.
Additionally, today VODG released a discussion paper titled ‘Tackling Health Inequalities’ following an event in November, which summarises the ideas and good practice discussed and the decisions made.
Emma Killick, MacIntyre’s Director of Adult Services, said:
“I am very pleased that through our membership of VODG we can continue to not only highlight the continuing inequalities but also to actively push to change this. Our work around dementia and learning disabilities is absolutely part of this agenda; there is a lot of amazing practice across the sector and through VODG we have a forum for sharing that to improve practice and raise people’s expectations for how things should be.”
The discussion paper can be viewed here, which details case studies, best practice and a commitment to action from VODG members.