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Most people’s learning disability occurs from birth or a childhood illness and the effects will last for life. It is therefore important that people find the best, personalised support to lead a full and engaging life and have the same opportunities as everyone else.
Learning disabilities are wide and varied. Most people are aware of some of the better known syndromes such as Rett syndrome, Down’s syndrome and Fragile X, but there are more more and some people may not have a name or known cause of their learning disability.
Learning disabilities affect people in many ways. A lot of people with learning disabilities live independently without much support whereas others require 24 hour care to perform most daily living skills.
When somebody has more than one disability, they may be diagnosed Profound and multiple Learning Disability (PMLD) where the most profound disability is learning. is with the most significant being a learning disability.
Many people diagnosed with PMLD will also have a sensory or physical disability, complex health needs, or mental health difficulties. People with PMLD need a carer or carers to help them with most areas of everyday life, such as eating, washing and going to the toilet.
Dignity for people with learning disabilities often involves what other people may take for granted such as asking the person what they want, what support they need and including the individual at all stages of the care planning process.
This may involve taking more time to prepare and using alternative or additional methods of communication, such as the use of pictures and symbols (such as the Makaton language).
When we support somebody with learning disabilities we always allow sufficient time to adapt to any given situation, absorb and process any information and to be able to express their points of view.
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