Some great news from Speakup. We are working in partnership with South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue to provide information and training for people with learning disabilities and/or autism about fire safety.
The lives of people with autism and learning difficulties will be made safer thanks for a fire service funded education project.
The two year project aims to help people with learning difficulties to live more independent lives, by improving their understanding of issues like kitchen fire safety, escape routes and what to do in an emergency.
People with learning difficulties or autism will also be recruited and trained as ‘fire safety champions’, to share information and advice to other vulnerable people in South Yorkshire.
Speakup’s Geoff Doncaster, said: “A lot of people with learning disabilities have either no reading skills or struggle greatly with written information. The project will help people with learning disablities by producing information and training which is accessible to them, and ultimately protects them against the hazards of fire.”
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue vulnerable persons advocate Hussain Ibrahim, said: “There’s a definite gap currently in the quality of information public services offer to people with autism and learning difficulties. By working with an organisation which specializes in delivering education and information to these vulnerable groups, this project gives us a real opportunity to change that.”