A person who has a learning disability may experience a range of difficulties depending on whether the disability is mild, moderate or severe. A person may have a reduced ability to understand information whether it is new or complex, to learn new skills, experience a reduced ability to cope independently and may experience an impact on his/her ability to read and write.
Sometimes other skills such as time planning, organisational skills, abstract reasoning, short and long term memory and attention are impacted upon by a learning disability.
Depending on the level of learning disability a person may need support with daily living activities, being involved in social activities and keeping safe.
Someone who has a severe learning disability or a profound and multiple learning disability (PMLD) often has more than one disability such as physical, sensory, mental health and complex health needs. A person who has a profound and multiple learning disability may need care and support with areas such as mobility, personal care and communication.
A person with a moderate learning disability may also need support in these areas, but not definitely.
Public Health England and government departments produce lots of information related to learning disabilities. This is published on GOV.UK and can be found by searching 'learning disability'
Public Health England shared the work they did around health inequalities experienced by people with a learning disability on a website called improving health and lives (ihal). This website has now been archived and will no longer be updated but is its a useful resource and will continue to be available on the national archive.
Inclusion North are an organisation that help people with a learning disability get involved in changes and understand new policies. They produce lots of information in easyread and also produce a monthly newsletter containing lots of useful information which can be found in the 'resources' sesction of their website
There are links to some national and local organisations below who can provide advice, information and support but you can also access the local groups and activities directory to find out what is available locally to you.
The Learning Disability Partnership Board
The Learning disability partnership board is a multi agency forum that is operated by the council which people with or affected by learning disability can:
- meet together
- share information
- promote the needs of people with a learning disability in their local area
You can contact the local partnership board using these details
Hull Learning Disability Partnership Board
Tel: 01482 616 312
City Healthcare Partnership
City Healthcare Partnership run a wellbeing service which aims to address the physical health inequalities experienced by people with a learning disability, to raise awareness of these issues, reduce stigma and increase social inclusion.
The Wellbeing Service works in partnership with primary and secondary health care services, voluntary organisations and health promotion, to promote annual health checks for people in Hull who have learning disabilities.
A 20 bed facility for assessment and treatment of people with learning disabilities. Those people who are offered services at Townend Court are struggling to be supported in their ordinary community placement and require a safe and therapeutic environment.
Townend Court provides specialist health care to individuals and their carers, ensuring at all times that they are treated with dignity and respect during periods of behavioural distress. Townend Court provides a ‘hub’ for the wider learning disability services and can be accessed 365 days a year.
You can contact Townend Court usinig the following contact details
296 Cottingham Road
Telephone number: 01482 336 740
Accessible toilets and changing places
Some people may need Changing Places toilets to enable them to get out and about and enjoy the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted. Changing Places facilities have more space and the right equipment, including a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist. A Changing Places toilet provides sanitary accommodation for people with multiple and complex disabilities who have one or two assistants. There are a numner of accessible toilets and changing facilities in Hull and the Changing Places website can tell you where your nearest facilities are.
The following charities, organisations and groups provide lots of useful advice, information and support
Both Mencap and Scope are nationally recognised charities that support people with learning disabilities. Individually they offer advice, information and access to support.
Mencap Head Office
Royal Mencap Society
123 Golden Lane
Switchboard: 0207 454 0454
Opening hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Mencap Direct is a free helpline service offering advice and support and is available 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday
Tel: 0808 808 1111
Scope are a charity that can work with you and support you whether you, your child or those you work with have a physical impairment, learning disability or any other condition.
Alternatively you can telephone their help-line which is free from landlines on 0808 800 3333. The information helpline is available weekdays 9am to 5pm. You can also email your information helpline query to email@example.com.
British Institute for Learning Disabilities (BILD)
BILD is an organisation that works with organisations to turn policy into practice. They provide lots of useful information and run events and conferences and provide training course to help share good practice in supporting people with a learning disability.
or you can telephone them on 0121 415 6960 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are also lots of local organisations, such as those below, who offer support to people with a learning dsiability.
Autism Plus is a charity that supports adults and young people with autism, learning disabilities and mental health conditions across Yorkshire and Humber.
FiND is a local organisation that offers holiday clubs and activities for people with a learning disability
Visit FiND's website to find out more
Or you can telephone them on 01482 870 785 or email them at email@example.com
Hull Red run events for adults with a learning disability and their friends.
Visit the Hull Red website to find out about upcoming events
Alternatively you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Education, employment and day activities
There are lots of opportunities for people with a learning disabililty to get involved in education courses and also paid or voluntary work. The organisations below offer many courses and employement oportunities.
Hull Training and Adult Education
Endeavour learning and Skills Centre
5 Senses offer learning and development opportunities for vulnerable adults through centre based educational sessions and community activities.
Activities cover a number of subjects, from Geography through to Life Skills. Each session is designed to develop the students learning capabilities by using teaching methods derived from differing forms of Expressive Arts, using Music, Art, Dance and Drama as tools to enhance each individuals development in a wealth of subjects, which means that sessions can be tailored to cover everyone’s learning styles.
They are based at
Or you can telephone them on 01482 470 805 or email them at email@example.com
Case is a local charity which provides training, support and employment opportunities to people with a learning disability. They are based at
60 Charles Street
Or you can telephone then on 01482 320 200 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Danny's Dream is a local organisation that offers support to children and adults at home and in the community.
Alternatively you can telephone them on 01482 313 883 or email them at email@example.com