Often we can take for granted how quickly we can learn things, but what you are good at learning and how quickly you can learn it varies for everyone. For some a disability may hinder their learning process making it difficult or impossible to learn certain things, things that some of us find quite simple.
It is important that those with learning disabilities are identified early in their life so that they can get the correct support to compensate for their disorder or disability. In some case such as Autism or ADHD for example they might simply need a different approach to learning, re-wording of questions, customised glasses, or a computer screen instead of a book.
Some of the ways someone with a learning disability may struggle would be:
Understanding complicated information (such as forms or documents).
Learning new skills.
Looking after themselves when living alone.
Understanding the world around them.
One example of a learning Disability would be Down's Syndrome. This can be hidden or show visual signs depending on the individual and can be very challenging. Those with Down's syndrome require special support throughout their lives but can still find work and a certain amount of independence in the right circumstances.
Practical Help For Learning Disabilities
Learning Disabilities does cover a wide range of disorders, disabilities and individuals. As such support also varies in what can be applied. More often than not those with leaning disabilities can work with the right support and an understanding employer. For those who can or cannot their are a range of benefits that can help them top up their wages , or provide income support.
Disability Support Project can help with the applications, appeals and if tribunals to make the process easier and less stressful for you.
More help with Learning Disabilities
Your GP and or Education support advisor should give you guidance on the correct path for you or your child, but if you need any further assistance or information there are some useful links below: