What is a Learning Disability?
The term learning disability is used to describe the difficulties that some people have to learn effectively, caused by the way the brain develops.
A learning disability affects someone from when they are born, or develops in childhood. It affects the brain's ability to receive and process information.
This disorder can cause a problem for a person to learn as quickly as someone who isn't affected by a learning disability.
People with a learning disability find it harder than others to learn, understand and communicate.
People with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) need full-time help with all aspects of their lives - including eating, drinking, washing, dressing and toileting.
A learning disability cannot be cured or fixed; it is a lifelong condition.
With the appropriate support people with learning disabilities lead their own lives in the way that they chose. Living independently, working, studying and making their own decisions.
The Newham Health Team for people with Learning Disabilities
The Newham Health Team for people with Learning Disabilities provides specialist health care to people with Severe or Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities. We also support people with mild/ moderate learning disabilities to access mainstream health services.
We provide services for people:
- over the age of 18
- who have a diagnosed learning disability
- who are unable to have their needs met by a mainstream service without support
We can continue working with people even if they are over the age of 65 if their primary needs are related to their learning disability rather than their age.
Newham Health Team for Adults with Learning Disabilities- More informationNewham Health Team for people with learning disabilities leaflet
For more information on what they offer and how to refer please use these two links:
Day services for people with Learning disabilities
Offers support to people with Learning Disabilities, Autism and profound and multiple disabilities. Including:
- employment support
- social groups
- confidence building
- getting out on public transport
For more information on what they offer and how to refer please use this link:
Day services for people with Learning Disabilities - more information
How to access these services
For more information please contact the services directly but of you are still unsure you can contact:
Request an assessment
Access to Adult Social Care Team
Call: 0208 430 2000 Option 2
Text phone:18001 020 8430 2000
For a list of organisations that provide support around Learning Disabilities in Newham, click on the directory links below and enter your postcode:
Learning Disabilities - support organisationsLearning Disabilities - community services
NHS Service SearchNHS National Framework for Continuing Health and Nursing CareEasy Read Health GuidesNational Development Team for Inclusion
There is also useful information available in the main Health, Recovery and Wellbeing section of this website including links to relevant NHS pages
Health, Recovery and Wellbeing