Educating yourself about Down’s syndrome is the best starting point. By understanding the genetic condition and arming yourself with knowledge, you’ll be in a better position to support your colleague.
Social inclusion in the workplace is important for all employees, and colleagues living with Down’s syndrome are no exception. Be their support system in the workplace and offer to mentor them in tasks to ensure they have all the help they need.
People with learning disabilities can be more vulnerable to workplace bullying. Make it your business to ensure that there’s zero tolerance to discrimination or abusive behaviour.
While most employers will dedicate time to inducting new starters in the formal rules and regulations of the workplace, it’s often the unwritten rules that make the difference. It’s the little things that matter, for example which mug to use, where to make a cup of tea etc.
Although some adults with Down’s syndrome may need additional training or time to get used to their working environment, do not underestimate their work abilities.
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