What is a learning disability?

A person with a learning disability will have a reduced ability to understand new or complex information or to learn new skills, or to cope independently in everyday life.

These disabilities must have been present from childhood and have had a lasting effect on development.

It is important to remember that people with a learning disability are people first, and to focus on what they can do, with support where necessary, rather than what they cannot do. Some people with learning disabilities also have physical and/or sensory impairments and some may also have mental health issues.

A full assessment will help us to understand a person's circumstances and decide how much help and support is needed to enable them to manage their day to day living.

It is important to remember that 'learning disability' does not include people who have a 'learning difficulty'. Learning difficulties refer more to specific problems with educational capabilities and usually includes difficulties with reading and writing.

Contact details

The Learning Disabilities Team
Swindon Borough Council
Wat Tyler West, Floor 1
Beckhampton Street

Email – LDduty@swindon.gov.uk
Telephone number – 01793 463333 select option for Adult Social Care.

For emergencies, outside of normal office working hours and at weekends, please call the Emergency Duty Service on 01793 436699

Further advice

For further advice and support visit the health care services section of our online services directory.