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Be active in Learning Disability Week 2013

Learning Disability Week 2013 is taking place from 19-25 August. The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) works with Mencap Sport and Special Olympics GB to encourage more people with a learning disability to take part in sport and exercise.

Through the inclusive sport programme EFDS and National Disability Sport Organisations (NDSOs) support providers, such as National Governing Bodies of sport, to increase opportunities for disabled people with all impairments. Mencap Sport and Special Olympics GB ensure more people with a learning disability can access activities and develop their talent if they want to.

Mencap Sport

Mencap Sport works with the governing bodies of sport and other sports providers to promote opportunities for people with a learning disability. They believe that people with a learning disability should have the same opportunities to participate, enjoy and excel in sport at all levels.

To find out more about Mencap Sport's work, click here.

Special Olympics Great Britain

Special Olympics Great Britain offers year-round sport training and competition opportunities and is open to all people with a learning disability regardless of their ability.

Everyone is excited ahead of the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games. The country’s largest sports event for athletes with a learning disability, held every four years. The 9th Games will be held in the city of Bath from 28 August to 1 September 2013.

Over three days of competition 1,700 athletes from England, Scotland and Wales will compete in 12 sports. The events are free for the public to attend, therefore they are inviting you to come along and cheer on our athletes.

To find out more about Special Olympics GB, click here.

To find out more about the National Summer Games, click here.

Want to get active?

EFDS can signpost you to a participation opportunity or your local accessible gym.

Try searching through our events and choose one near you in a sport you like.

You can also search to find your local Inclusive Fitness Initiative gym facility.

Learning Disability Week 2013- Get involved!


LD Week 2013. Who is your superhero?


Mencap Charity want to celebrate the everyday superheroes that make all the difference for people with a learning disability. They are encouraging everyone to get involved in their awareness week.

How you can get involved in Learning Disability Week:

  1. Help Mencap spread the word about Learning Disability Week 2013 by joining their Thunderclap. A Thunderclap is an online action which makes messages louder by sending them out together.
  2. Start thinking about who your superhero is, and share your story from Monday 19 August on Facebook and Twitter using #LDWeek13. For inspiration, read Thomas' story about his very special superhero, Rosie-bud.
  3. Take a look at how else you can get involved, including events happening in your area.

Join the online action and spread the word about #LDWeek13.