Looking after your health, Mencap children’s projects, Understanding PDA, PIP payments scandal

Guides to looking after your health for autistic people and people with a learning disability

Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group announcement:
We are excited to announce that the new Sheffield Physical Health webpages for people with learning disabilities and/or autism (and the people who support them) are now live on the Sheffield Mental Health Guide.

There is also a page aimed at GPs and other health care professionals with additional useful information.

These pages have been co-designed with people with lived experience and with feedback from health care professionals.

The webpages explain that it is especially important to look after your health if you have a learning disability or you are autistic, and provide details about how you can do this, for example by attending your annual health checks. I have also included some images which can be used to promote the webpages – you can use these as part of your social media comms or print them out to share with people with LD and/or autism.




This project has been funded by Sheffield CCG and NHS England, as part of the strategy to address health inequalities of people with learning disabilities, autism, and severe mental illness.”

Mencap projects for children

Sheffield Mencap and Gateway have a range of extra-curricular projects for children aged 6 – 16 with learning difficulties/disabilities or autism. There is something for everyone – from drama to fitness to technology. All projects are welcoming, fun, inclusive and designed to support children to develop their communication, confidence and social interaction.

We are currently seeking referrals for all projects for the academic year 2021/2022. Attached is a flyer which gives more details of our projects, along with an application form.

Children’s Groups flyer A5_double sided

Children’s Services Application Form 2021-22

Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

An online learning series: 16th & 17th July 2021 from Autism Learns in partnership with the National Autistic Society (payable)

Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

PIP payments scandal

DWP ‘may have unlawfully deprived tens of thousands of PIP claimants of back-payments’