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Having a learning disability (easy read)

​What it means to have a learning disability

​A learning disability is:

  • when you find it hard to understand information

A learning disability is:

  • when you might need help and support with some everyday tasks

This might be household tasks, looking after your money and communicating with other people.

​A learning disability is not a learning difficulty.

​A learning difficulty is when a person finds one or two things difficult, like reading or writing.

Dyslexia and dyspraxia are learning difficulties.

​A learning disability is not a mental illness.

​A learning disability is not Autism.

​A learning disability is not a physical or medical illness.

​People with a learning disability can still do lots of things.

​You can:

  • volunteer or work
  • go to college
  • go to groups or activities
  • have relationships
  • live a full and interesting life

​A person with a learning disability might find some things hard.

​Such as:

  • thinking about things
  • making decisions
  • understanding and remembering information

​You might need help with:

  • planning journeys
  • using money
  • telling the time
  • learning new things

​Why some people have a learning disability

​Some people are born with a learning disability and we do not know why.

Other times it is because of something that happened before or after you were born. 

​A learning disability is:

  • not something to be embarrassed about
  • not caused by something you have done
  • not something people should be upset with you about

​You can ask to find out if you have a learning disability

​You will need to have an assessment from the Adult Learning Disability Team.

​An assessment means you will be asked some questions about:

  • things you find difficult and need help with
  • things you enjoy
  • your life and how you feel

​How it might feel to be told you have a learning disability

​You might feel happy to know why you need help with some things.

​You might feel angry or upset knowing that you might need support to do these things.

​You might feel confused.

It might be a lot of information to think about.

​Talking about how you feel can help you feel better.

​What changes if you have a learning disability

​Having a learning disability means you might be able to get some support. 

This might be:

  • money called income support or benefits to help you live
  • staff or carers to help you look after yourself
  • support groups or activities
  • going to a day centre or college
  • having a health check every year

Having a learning disability means services should make changes to help you.

You should be given information in a way you understand.

You can ask to have longer appointment times.

This is the law, a law is like a rule that services need to follow.

Discrimination (Disability) (Jersey) Regulations 2018

Contact us

Adult Learning Disability Service
Eagle House
Don Road
St Helier

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