Pathways to meaningful lives: how people who live with learning disabilities experience employment

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Essex undertook a study of 17 adults with a learning disability who had been in employment, volunteering or work experience in the last 18 months.

  • Learning disability, networks and the search for purpose
  • Pathways to employment: the family, education and the pursuit of aspirations
  • The world of work: aspiration, status and organisational culture

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General details

Report title 
Pathways to meaningful lives: how people who live with learning disabilities experience employment
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Essex
Date of publication 
Monday, 13 June, 2022
Key themes 
Lifestyle and wellbeing

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 
Structured interview
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of disabilities 
Learning or understanding or concentrating
Types of long term conditions 
Learning disability
What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
All people 18 and over
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Not applicable
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.