Living with a Learning Disability

A learning disability affects the way a person learns new things throughout their lifetime.

A learning disability also affects the way a person understands information and how they communicate. This means they can have difficulty:

  • understanding new or complex information
  • learning new skills
  • coping independently

Around 1.5 million people in the UK have a learning disability. It’s thought up to 350,000 people have a severe learning disability. This figure is increasing.

As part of our commitment to improve and transform services for individuals with a learning disability and/or autism, our Transforming care programme is all about improving health and care services so that more people can live in the community, with the right support, and close to home.

Transforming care will mean that fewer people will need to go into hospital for their care. Across South Yorkshire and in Doncaster, we are making sure that services in the community are much better.

In May 2019, Christine shared her powerful story with the Doncaster CCG Governing Body on how she has been supported in her local community to live as independently as possible.

Take a look at the video below: