Learning Disability Awareness training with MP Rupa Huq

Helen Cairns, Treat Me Right! Manager and John Keaveny, Treat Me Right! Learning Disability Awareness Trainer Coordinator delivered training to Dr Rupa Huq MP when she visited Certitude to gain a better understanding of the issues people with learning disabilities are facing. Here, John shares his experience…

Rupa Huq is my local MP and I first met her when she came to my house to see me and my housemates. After she visited, Aisling Duffy, the Chief Executive and I thought it would be a good idea to ask her if she would like some training about Learning Disability and Autism awareness. I usually do this with hospitals in my job as the Treat Me Right! Training Co-ordinator.  Helen Cairns Treat Me Right! Manager and I adapted it to suit what Dr Huq would need from the training.  We talked about lots of things, like awareness and how to better communicate with people with learning disabilities – that meant that I got to do my famous communication exercise! We delivered the training in our Training Room in Ealing and it was fun to use the new  big screen we have.

I think that it’s very important to train all kinds of people about Learning Disability and Autism awareness. I felt very proud to be providing training to my MP and I would love to do more training with other people in the House of Commons. Maybe even the Prime Minister one day! I would like to tell the Prime Minster all about Certitude and my job with Treat Me Right! I’d like to give her my business card so she can ask me questions whenever she wants. I would like to show her about all the different things people with learning disabilities can do.