EAST Londonderry MLA Claire Sugden has praised adult workers with learning difficulties for their commitment during the coronavirus pandemic.
Adults with learning difficulties often worked in many of the industries deemed essential by the government and their dedication to their roles should not be overlooked, the MLA said.
“Adults with learning difficulties often work in the less visible areas of the economy – for instance, in food production, in warehouses or behind-the-scenes in supermarkets,” Ms Sugden said.
“These are vital roles, without which things like our food supply chains would cease to function.
“But just because we don’t always see them, they are still there, supporting the economy, themselves and their communities. They should be recognised and their invaluable contributions acknowledged. I personally would like to say a big thank you.”
Ms Sugden was speaking during Learning Disability Week 2020, during which she also called for the safe reintroduction of services which support both adults with learning difficulties and their carers.
The community and voluntary sector should integrate with statutory services in order to strengthen the provision of support, she said.
Ms Sugden is patron of Compass Advocacy Network (CAN), a local organisation that supports adults with learning difficulties.