Criteria for a Learning Disability Service
People who have a diagnosis of a Learning Disability, also referred to as an Intellectual Disability.
A learning disability is a significant life-long condition, with the following facets:
- A significant impairment of intellectual functioning (e.g. the ability to understand new or complex information or to learn new skills)
- A significant impairment of adaptive behaviour (i.e. the ability to cope independently – social, conceptual and practical skills)
- Onset of these issues before adulthood (age 18)
This definition encompasses people with a broad range of disabilities. The presence of all three criteria has to be present for an individual to receive a diagnosis of a learning disability.
We support adults aged 18 or over who have a mild, moderate, or profound Learning Disability who require specialist interventions. The service may work with people who are under the age of 16 years as part of a planned transition.
The Learning Disability Service will NOT accept referrals for:
- Individuals who only have specific learning difficulties, such as, dyslexia, dyscalculia, or dyspraxia
- Individuals who have acquired cognitive impairments after the age of 18, such as people with acquired head injuries or cognitive difficulties resulting from long-term substance misuse
- Individuals with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder, including Asperger’s Syndrome alone