Exploring learning disabilities: supporting belonging
Exploring learning disabilities: supporting belonging

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Session 7: Relationships


Good relationships enrich people’s lives. They help you feel like you belong. Most people value having good relationships as it is important to be able to share your interests, worries, stories and experiences with others who know and understand you. This applies to people with learning disabilities too. However, it is not always easy for people with learning disabilities to develop and sustain the relationships they want.

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In this session you will explore:

  • how people with learning disabilities can be involved in caring relationships
  • the importance of friendship for people with learning disabilities
  • barriers to people with learning disabilities developing romantic and sexual relationships
  • how people can be supported to avoid abusive relationships.

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