Adults with learning disabilities are amongst the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in society. They are at very high risk of social isolation, and poor health and all too frequently feel ignored and forgotten by other people.
The people we support tell us that they want to:
- be heard and respected
- feel happier and healthier
- have friends and feel less lonely
- have a sense of purpose
- feel more connected to their community and the wider world
- have more fun
So we offer all kinds of support to enable adults with learning disabilities to gain the skills and confidence they need to start achieving these things. We help family carers to get the support they are entitled to and represent the needs of adults with learning disabilities and their families at all levels.
A learning disability includes the presence of:
- A significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information, to learn new skills
- A reduced ability to cope independently which started before adulthood, with a lasting effect on development
(Department of Health’s 2001 Valuing People White Paper)
Most of the people we support (our clients) have a formal diagnosis of having a learning disability but not everyone does. Many have additional physical support needs and about half have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.