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Advice and Support

There are many types of Learning disabilities, and they affect people in different ways.

Around 2% of the people in England have a learning disability, however, the number known to learning disability services is much smaller.

The level of support the person requires will vary which is why gaining support and having tailored services to meet individual needs is so important.

Some people with mild disabilities may live on their own and go to work. They may still need some support in their lives to manage finances for example.

Whereas those with moderate or severe learning disabilities may need support on a more regular basis. 

Mencap’s definition of a learning disability is:

“A reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities – for example household tasks, socialising or managing money – which affects someone for their whole life”.

A learning disability is defined by the Department of Health as a “significant 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”.

Expelling the misconception

Learning disabilities are often confused with mental health, ADHD and dyslexia.

Mental health problems can affect anyone at any time and can be treated with a combination of therapy, social support and medication.

Learning difficulties such as dyslexia do not affect intelligence rather forms a hindrance for a specific type of learning.

Mencap also provide a free learning disability helpline.

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Advisors provide support 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday