Changing employers’ perceptions of people with down’s Syndrome

Fewer than two in 10 people with learning disabilities are in employment. For people with Down’s syndrome, it can leave them demoralised – but are things changing?

“I have a friend with [Down’s syndrome] who actually pays someone £40 just so they can do his gardening [for him],” says Kate Brackley.

Ms Brackley is one of around 40,000 people living with Down’s syndrome in the UK. Unlike many others, she is in paid employment. Research from the charity Mencap suggests 65% of people with learning disabilities – including, though not limited to, Down’s syndrome – want to work, but fewer than 20% of those of working age are currently in employment.

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