What’s a learning disability?
A person with a learning disability will have a reduced ability to understand new or complex information, or to learn new skills, or to cope independently in everyday life.
These disabilities must have been present from childhood and have had a lasting effect on development.
It’s important to remember that people with a learning disability are people first so you need to focus on what they can do, with support where necessary, rather than what they can’t. Some people with learning disabilities also have physical and/or sensory impairments and some may also have mental health issues.
A full assessment will help us to understand a person's circumstances and to decide how much help and support is needed to enable them to manage their day-to-day living.
It’s also important to remember that a 'learning disability' is not the same as a 'learning difficulty'. Learning difficulties refer more to specific problems with educational capabilities and usually include difficulties with reading and writing.
If you’re still unsure you can contact the Adult Social Care Access Team