A learning disability affects the way a person learns new things throughout their lifetime. It affects the way a person understands information and how they communicate and can find it difficult to understand new or complex information, learn new skills or to cope independently.
Types of learning disabilities differ hugely. Someone with mild disabilities may be able to live independently with minimal support, whereas someone with severe and profound disabilities may require 24 hour care and help with performing most daily living skills.
A learning disability is defined by the Department of Health as a ‘significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information, to learn new skills (impaired intelligence), with a reduced ability to cope independently (impaired social functioning), which started before adulthood’.
Sometimes, the term ‘Global Developmental Delay‘ (GDD) is used to describe a learning disability. GDD describes a condition that occurs between birth and the age of 18 which prevents a child from reaching key milestones of development like learning to communicate, processing information, remembering things and organising their thoughts.
Around 1.5 million people in the UK have a learning disability. It is estimated that 350,000 people have a severe learning disability.
Enabling Independence Service can provide Information, Advice, Guidance & Advocacy to Adults with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism in the Peterborough area. They offer face to face appointments, drops-in mornings for parents, and home visits. Telephone 01733 530062, Email email@example.com, or Visit www.enabling-independence.co.uk
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Day Opportunities is a social care provider, supporting young people and adults with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs. Their centre for Complex Needs and four hubs are located throughout Peterborough. They offer skills development, supporting work opportunities and maintain health and wellbeing. Being part of City College, they have access to skills funding for the people they support and parent/carers. Co-production is at their heart whether by staff creating individual support plans or their Advisory Board making important decisions. The advisory board members are experts by experience and comprise of the people they support, parents, carers and front-line staff. Telephone Debbie Hembrow, Team Manager on 01733 797 726, or Visit www.fis.peterborough.gov.uk
Thera support people with a learning disability in their own homes. They can support people with housing, education, social and leisure opportunities, community involvement, citizenship, work, finances, relationships and health. They support people with a learning disability and any other needs from the age of 18. Telephone 0300 303 1281, Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Visit www.thera.co.uk
Zest is a registered charity for adults with a wide range of learning disabilities and autistic spectrum difficulties. They support people from BAME communities with all aspects of their lives related to their learning difficulty. Telephone 01733 560010, Email email@example.com, or Visit www.zest-rtl.com