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

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Exploring learning disabilities: supporting belonging

Session 7: Relationships

Introduction

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.

Download this video clip.Video player: Video 1
Skip transcript: Video 1

Transcript: Video 1

CHARLENE
No matter what you've got or what disability you've got, you can still have relationships no matter what, you know? Yeah. It will be up and downs, but you will get through it.
CIAN
I find it hard to tell who my real friends are because of my autism.
CHARLENE
I've got proper good, good, good friends.
SHAUN
I have colleagues at work who are also pretty much like my mum and my auntie.
TERRY
We knew each other for three years and we was best friends.
SHAUN
I've recently got back in touch with another friend of mine who's going through a hard time. And I'm helping her out and she's helping me out. So it's more of a supportive role, so that helps.
CIAN
I don't want to be messed around again, but you've got to take chances, you know.
TERRY
My friends are family, I wouldn't give them up from the world.
End transcript: Video 1
Video 1
Interactive feature not available in single page view (see it in standard view).

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.
LD_1

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371