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

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Exploring learning disabilities: supporting belonging

Session 1: What is a learning disability?

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CIAN
Well, nobody really likes being labelled, I don't think. But at the end of the day, we kind of need labels to kind of-- so that we can know what people's needs are.
TERRY
If you're on benefits, you need some sort of description of what help you need.
CHARLENE
You know, we're just human beings trying to get on with our lives, you know? So why put a label on it, and make us feel 10 times worse with a label?
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In this first session of the course you will consider the question: what is a learning disability? You will meet several people who have been labelled as having a learning disability, and you will be introduced to some definitions on the topic.

You will then find out how many people in the UK have a learning disability, and the sorts of places they live.

Finally, you will consider the rights that people with learning disabilities have, and whether it helps people to be labelled as having a learning disability.

In this session you will explore:

  • what a learning disability is
  • the different labels that have been used to describe people with learning disabilities and how people feel about those labels
  • what life is like for people with more severe or profound learning disabilities
  • some basic facts about the lives of people with learning disabilities
  • people’s rights.

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