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Diabetes UK launches DVD to help people with learning disabilities

Diabetes UK has launched a DVD for people with Type 2 diabetes who have learning disabilities. The new DVD, which is called "Diabetes – Living a healthier Life", will enable this audience to have access to the same information about the condition as people with Type 2 diabetes who do not have learning disabilities.

Diabetes UK teamed up with Speakup, a self-help advocacy charity for people with learning disabilities, to produce the DVD. It covers a range of topics including an explanation of what Type 2 diabetes is, how to prevent it, how to manage and understand the condition, and the benefits of healthy eating and physical activity.

Meeting a real need

"Information for people with learning disabilities and diabetes has been very much lacking and this will go a long way to change that," said Jenne Dixit, Equality and Diversity Manager at Diabetes UK.

Addressing inequalities in accessing care

"We hope that this resource will help raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes and support the management of diabetes in a community that is at risk of developing the condition but faces inequalities to accessing care."

Learning disabilities

In the UK, there are nine million people with learning disabilities and it is estimated that 270,000 people from this group have Type 2 diabetes.

Accessible resource

Diabetes UK and Speakup have worked on this project for more than a year, holding a number of focus groups for people with learning disabilities and diabetes to help shape the final outcome of the DVD. All the messages in the final copy are in a format and tone that is accessible to this particular audience.

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