introduction to learning disability


This course is aimed at all staff and volunteers who are working with adults who have a learning disability within a health or social care setting.

why attend?

By the end of the course the learners with have an overview of what a learning disability is, the impact of this on people’s life opportunities and a clearer awareness of how they can contribute to enabling each individual to live the life of their choice.

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Explain what the term learning disability means
  • Explain the idea of a continuum of ability/disability
  • Define the differing degrees of a person’s learning disability
  • Identify the advantages/disadvantages of categorising a person’s learning disability
  • Identify the causes of learning disability, including common syndromes
  • Explain the effect of labelling on a person with a learning disability
  • Have an increased awareness of the needs of the family of those with a learning disability
  • Explain the term 'institutionalisation'
  • Begin to explore the importance of our values and the impact of these values on those we support


Half day

meeting standards

CARE CERTIFICATE In particular, aims to help meet the knowledge required to meet outcomes of standards: 4, 5, 6 and 9

FUNDAMENTAL STANDARDS (CQC) In particular the course will enable the provider to help staff from the service demonstrate training has taken place around: Regulations 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13

CARE ACT 2014 GUIDANCE More specifically enables providers and their staff to understand their duties under sections 1 & 10 of the Act (and their subsections)

MENTAL CAPACITY ACT 2005 – this subject area is woven into presentation and discussion as required during course delivery.

Please note: As far as reasonably possible we have indicated the standards covered.

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