International day of Disabled Persons 2020 #LeedsForAll

On the 3rd December every year we celebrate the International Day of Disabled Persons. This year’s theme is about hidden disabilities.

This year we wan’t to spread awareness and understanding ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible’ such as: mental illness, chronic pain, sight or hearing impairments, diabetes, brain injuries, learning disabilities and autism.

According to the WHO World Report on Disability, 15% of the world’s population (that’s more than 1 billion people) are living with disability of some kind. 450 million are living with a mental or neurological condition— and two-thirds of these people will not seek professional medical help, largely due to stigma, discrimination and neglect. National statistics show that there are 1.5 million people in the UK who have a learning disability.

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected people with disabilities. Increased isolation, feeling disconnected, disrupted routines and fewer support services available has meant that there has been a huge impact on mental health and wellbeing.

We hope you will join us in celebrating and helping us to raise awareness of the importance of International Day of Disabled Persons this year.


In Leeds this year we have a fantastic range of activities, performances and events to help celebrate and raise awareness of people with disabilities.

The events takes place between 1st – 4th December and all events are free to attend.

You can visit Eventbrite for all the events available.
If you need help with booking online please call: 0113 242 1321
or email

A Poem for Leep1

A Poem about Leep1
by Sapphire Malcolm

Many of our members write down their stories, comments and feedback about Leep1 and share it with us on our group page. We love hearing about how we are doing and like to know if we are supporting our members in the right way so that we can continue to improve.

A big thankyou to Sapphire for this brilliant poem that sums up exactly what Leep1 has been about since lockdown.

Leep1 Digital Survey and Consultation Session

The Leep1 – Leeds People First team have put together a survey with Jez from Forum Central. It is about digital skills and is for adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults living in Leeds.

It asks a few questions about using things like websites and apps. They are about how confident you are when using digital technology.

The survey is available online. To take it, please click on this button:

What you say in the survey will help services in Leeds to know what can be done to help improve access to technology.

Consultation sessions

Starting in mid-January, Leep1 will be running some consultation sessions on using digital skills.

We are looking for 8 learning disabled and/or autistic adult participants. They will be paid £10 per hourly session via voucher with 5 sessions in total. We would like as many people to fill out the survey as possible too. The ALaDDIN members are asking their organisations to get one of their members to become a consultee and an ambassador for their organisations.

If you would like to take part in the sessions or have any questions, please email or call the Leep1 office on 0113 378 1877.