Learning Disability Week is taking place from 15 – 21 June aiming to tackle learning-disability myths and misconceptions. Led by national charity Mencap, it is an opportunity to raise awareness of what a learning-disability is and isn’t.
There are 1.4 million people with a learning-disability in the UK. Over 1 million adults aged 20 or over and 410,000 children aged up to 19 years have a learning-disability. (Papworth Trust, 2014)
People with a learning-disability tend to take longer to learn and may need support to develop new skills, understand complex information and interact with other people.
Only 1 in 3 people with a learning-disability take part in some form of education or training and children with learning-disabilities are often socially excluded and 8 out of 10 children are bullied. 1 in 2 families with a disabled child lives in poverty. (Mencap, 2015)
The level of support someone needs depends on individual factors, including the severity of their disability. However, someone with a severe or profound learning-disabilities may need full time care and support with every aspect of their life and they may have physical disabilities too.
At Rowan we are able to support a broad spectrum of people with learning-disabilities. We provide a safe, creative and enriching environment where people can grow, raise their abilities, confidence and self-esteem. Our belief is that these are vital ingredients for independent living, health and wellbeing.