Welcome to LDAS

A resource for LGBTQ+ people with Learning Disabilities and/or those who fall under the Autism Spectrum
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Arcadia LDAS wishes to raise awareness of dealing with people with alternative sexual orientation and gendered identities, and create a safe space for people with Learning Disabilities and those on the Autism Spectrum.

Paul Taberner

Hi, my name is Paul and I am the organiser for Arcadia LDAS, supporting Doncaster’s LGBTQ+ community who also have learning disabilities or fall somewhere on the autism spectrum

 

LDAS is a subsidiary group from Arcadia LGBTQ+ Doncaster which is a safe space for people who identify as LGBTQ+ or SOGI or maybe questioning if they are and want to be part of this community. It’s a source of support for them or the people in their lives who want to support them or understand more about them.

 

As far as I am aware there is no support group for someone who falls under the LDAS and LGBTQ+ umbrellas in the Doncaster area.

There will be an ever present presence online where people can contact me and I’m possibly thinking of having meetups every month on the 2nd Wednesday, though at present, the venue is TBC.

I’ve been a support worker since 2011 and since then I’ve noticed that there doesn’t seem to be much support for people with LDAS who maybe a part of the LGBT+ community. This has been witnessed with support workers and management whether it be assuming sexual orientations or questionnaires that asked if someone was Male, Female or LGBT.

 

On a personal note: it was hard for me to come out and identify as a gay man and I don’t have a learning disability and I’m not on the autistic spectrum. If you add to this the pressures and struggles someone who struggles with communication, interaction and imagination, then I can imagine it may seem impossible.

 

Through the support and enlightenment I’ve received from a group called 2BU Wakefield, I wanted to create a similar support network in Doncaster.