Learning Disability

Agencies which can offer Support and Information

  • Afasic
    UK National Helpline 0300 666 9410
    Helpline providing advice and information, listening and signposting for parents of children and young adults who have speech, language and communication impairments.

  • ASSERT (Angelman Syndrome Support, Education and Research Trust)
    0300 999 0102

    Advice, information and support for families of children and adults with Angelman syndrome (a rare chromosome disorder which causes severe learning difficulties)

  • Challenging Behaviour Foundation
    Family Support Line: 0300 666 0126
    Information for families caring for people with severe learning disabilities who have challenging behaviour.

  • ENABLE Scotland: (Area served Scotland)
    0300 0200 101
    Enquiry line and other services for people with learning disabilities and their families including local advocacy projects, self help groups, family based respite service, employment support and vocational training, supported living and flexible support for people with learning disabilities.

  • Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
    Raising awareness of learning disabilities and information on website.

  • Fragile X Society
    01371 875100

    Helpline, support and information for families whose children and adult relatives have the Fragile x syndrome (the most common cause of inherited learning disabilities) and professionals working with or caring for affected individuals.

  • Learning Disability Helpline
    Mencap Direct 0808 808 1111

    Advice and information on all aspects of learning disability, issues covered include benefits for people with a learning disability and their carers, housing options and independent living, education, employment options and the support available for people in work or trying to find work, community care (including direct payments).

  • Livability
    020 7452 2000

    UK’s largest Christian charity running a wide range of services for adults and children with disabilities. Livability gives disabled people a real choice about how they live their lives.

  • Outsiders Sex and Disability Helpline:
    07770 884985

    Outsiders is a safe community of people across the UK who share a wide range of physical and social disabilities. Many are looking to change their lives around, make new friends, enjoy life to the full and find partners. Club membership costs £27.50 per year or £14 if not working. Please see website for full details.

  • Respond
    020 7383 0700

    Works with children and adults with learning disabilities who have experienced abuse or trauma, as well as hose who have abused others, through psychotherapy, advocacy, campaigning and other support.

    0808 800 3333
    Support and advice for anyone with a learning or physical disability

  • Seap Advocacy
    0330 440 9000
    Independent health complaints advocacy with a range of services covering a number of areas in the South of England, providing advocacy on issues which include health complaints, mental health, disability.

  • The Family Carer Support Service run by HFT
    0808 801 0448

    One to one support and advice to family carers support a relative with a learning disability.

Useful website

  • www.easyhealth.org.uk
    Easyhealth was made so that people know where to find accessible health information. Accessible information is information that uses easy words with pictures.

  • www.hft.org.uk
    Hft is a national charity providing local support services for people with learning disabilities throughout England.

  • www.choicesupport.org.uk
    A leading social care charity that supports disabled and disadvantaged people to take control of their own lives.

(see separate section relating to Autism/Aspergers and section on Education for advice and information relating to education and special needs).

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