Communicating with and for people with learning disabilities
Communication is vital in ensuring that people can express themselves and make sense of the world around them.
Community connecting is a way of supporting people with learning disabilities to make lasting relationships based on shared interests and mutual benefit.
Criminal justice system
The current prison population represents a huge diversity of individuals with a range of very complex needs, including a high number who have mental health problems, learning difficulties or learning disabilities. There are concerns firstly that people with learning disabilities who commit a crime are not getting a fair trial, and secondly that if found guilty, their sentencing may not take account of the reasonable adjustments which they may need in order to comply with the sentence. Early identification and assessment of problems is vital for the effective and appropriate treatment of...
Dementia is a condition associated with a decline in the brain’s cognitive ability. There are various types of dementia, with two of the most common being Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.
Depression and learning disability
Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration.
A Direct Payment is when an individual or their main carer is given a cash payment instead of receiving the services identified as necessary and accounted for by the relevant authority. This payment will be used by the individual to organise and pay for their own care.
Down’s syndrome is one of the best-known causes of a learning disability. It is a genetic condition, resulting from either an extra chromosome or extra genetic material from chromosome 21.
The topics of death and dying can be sensitive issues. This can be especially true when talking to people with learning disabilities, largely due to the health problems experienced by many, as well as the varying attitudes towards talking about the subject.
Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty affecting the way in which information is processed. Whilst the condition is not solely confined to literacy, the most commonly recognised signs are problems with reading, writing and spelling.
Learn more about dyspraxia. Find out how it affects people, how many people have dyspraxia and how to get help for it.