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Learning Disabilities

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.

For more information on what they offer and how to refer please use these two links:


Newham Health Team for Adults with Learning Disabilities- More information

Newham Health Team for people with learning disabilities leaflet



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
  • events
  • 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:

Access to Adult Social Care Team
Call: 0208 430 2000 Option 2
Text phone:18001 020 8430 2000

Opening hours
Mon-Thurs 9am-5.15pm
Friday 9am-5pm


Request an assessment



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Useful contacts

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 organisations

Learning Disabilities - community services


Useful resources

NHS Service Search

NHS National Framework for Continuing Health and Nursing Care

Easy Read Health Guides

National 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​​
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