Having a learning disability means an individual can find it harder to learn certain life skills. The problems and challenges faced by individuals with learning disabilities vary in severity, but always start before adulthood and affect them for their whole life.
Individuals with learning disabilities might struggle to learn new skills, have difficulties understanding, communicating and need support with things like household tasks and managing money.
Several conditions are associated with learning disability, including Down’s syndrome, autism and Asperger syndrome, cerebral palsy and global development delay. A person who is diagnosed with one of these conditions is more likely to have a learning disability of some sort.
Every individual is different and disabilities vary from very mild – for example, someone who needs help to fill out forms – to a more severe condition called profound and multiple learning disability (PMLD). An individual with PMLD has a range of sometimes severe problems and often needs round-the-clock support with most areas of their lives.
However basic or extensive a person’s needs, we’re here to help. We provide personalised and person-centred support aimed at helping every individual to be as happy and fulfilled as possible.
And we know it’s important that, for many people, we offer ‘just enough’ support – enabling them to do as much as they can for themselves, while developing skills that will ultimately help them to live more independently.
Download our booklet on Learning Disabilities that explains what life is like with a learning disability, challenges associated with having a learning disability, what person-centred support is available for individuals with a learning disability and our extensive experience of supporting individuals with a learning disability since 1986.
Other support and services
The Involvement Conference
The Involvement Conference echoes our belief that each person we support has a right to choose how they want to be supported. It reiterates our promise to always listen and provide services as unique as each individual we support.
Our transition support is designed to help individuals enjoy a smooth transition through major life changes: for example, through the move from children’s to adult services, or from the family home or residential college to independent living.
Personalisation is an approach to social care that focuses on putting individuals at the very centre of the support and services they receive.
Autism – also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – is a developmental disability that affects how a person interacts and communicates with others. It encompasses a wide range of difficulties, such as cognitive impairment, repetitive activity, sensitivity…
Acquired Brain Injuries
An acquired brain injury (ABI) is injury or damage to the brain that can have any number of causes, such as stroke, a tumour or a road traffic accident. People with ABI have ‘acquired’ their brain injury, and weren’t born with it.
A person with complex needs might have one or a combination of difficulties, including profound and multiple learning disabilities, physical disabilities, sensory impairments, and challenging behaviour.
Direct payments give individuals greater choice and control over the support they receive and how it’s provided.
Supported living services enable individuals with a disability to live independently in their own home, with appropriate support to help them manage their own tenancy and achieve greater freedom and control in their lives. Support can be provided in…
For people who aren’t ready or able to live independently, small-scale residential care is often a really good option. Our residential care is provided in shared accommodation where support staff are around 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We provide…
The Creative Learning team was established with an aim to engage adults with learning disabilities in meaningful daytime group activities.
We provide extra care – also known assisted living – at specially developed sites that enable individuals to hold their own tenancy.
News & Articles
Finding my independence
Brian has a physical disability and cerebral palsy. He struggles with his confidence and was worried he would require support at his new job. In 2010, he moved from a large institution into one of Walsingham Support’s extra care services. He now lives…
Supporting people with challenging behaviours
When we first met Harry, we realised that while not an aggressive person, Harry could be destructive in certain situations.