About Our Site
AboutLearningDisabilities was formed to offer a unique reference point on comprehensive advice on learning disabilities.
There are many hundreds of thousands of people that live with different types and severities of learning disabilities throughout the UK. Often people with learning disabilities can face extra challenges in life - connecting with society, finding employment and accessing community, healthcare and social services. These are all services that are designed to enable them to live as independently as possible.
Since the publication of the UK Government's White Paper 'Valuing People' in 2001, there has been a significant change in the way the Government wants service providers and society to help improve the life prospects of people with learning disabilities. To help further enable this change, we wanted to set up AboutLearningDisabilities as a resource to educate and inform people about the challenges people with learning disabilities face, and how change is being implemented. The website supports a move towards greater advocacy and self-advocacy, and we agree that people with learning disabilities should be given as much support as possible to live fulfilling, independent lives.
Whether you're directly or indirectly affected by learning disabilities, or perhaps interested in working within learning disability services, our website acts as a guide to inform and educate about aspects of the many different types of learning disabilities. We hope that AboutLearningDisabilities will serve as a first point of reference for this varied subject area.