‘Easy read’ refers to the presentation of text in an accessible, easy to understand format. It is often useful for people with learning disabilities, and may also be beneficial for people with other conditions affecting how they process information.
How many people with learning disabilities are in paid work? In 2012, the Department of Health's Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework found that 7% of adults with learning disabilities were in some form of paid employment, the (probably vast) majority of which was part-time work.
Ethnicity and equality
'Minority Ethnic Community’ is an umbrella term that covers many groups of people. It groups together all people whether they are new to the UK or have lived here all their life, and whether they are first, second or third (etc) generation immigrants.
Foetal alcohol syndrome
Foetal (or Foetal) Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) was first discovered in 1973 by doctors in the United States. The condition describes a number of foetal abnormalities which occur in the babies of women who have abused alcohol during their pregnancy, affecting the way a baby’s brain develops.
Fragile X syndrome (Martin-Bell syndrome)
Fragile X is the most common genetically inherited condition which causes learning disability. There is a change (mutation) in one of the genes on the X chromosome, which produces a protein essential for brain development.
Friendships are an important part of most people’s lives. They help us feel like we belong and are worthwhile, and they can offer us support when things are difficult in our lives.
Harassment & hate crime
People with learning disabilities are more vulnerable than others to experiencing bullying, harassment or hate crime. According to Mencap, as many as 9 out of 10 people with learning disabilities have been a victim of hate crime and/or harassment.
People with learning disabilities have a much greater propensity to develop health problems (both physical and mental) when compared with the general population.
It has been estimated that around one in three people with learning disabilities may have a sensory impairment, rendering the condition far more common amongst this community than it is amongst the general population.
There are many housing options for people with learning disabilities to choose from. Finding the right house for the individual may take some time and thought, but it has been shown to significantly improve their quality of life.