Prevention for people with learning disabilities

Many people with a learning disability can live independently, living alone and in employment, however others may need more intensive support with tasks such as eating, dressing and personal care. Although support needs may differ we know that with the right support people with learning disabilities can live full and meaningful lives. Without it, people are at risk of losing their independence, becoming socially isolated and unable to develop or maintain relationships with family and friends. Prevention is key.

Valuing People: a new strategy for learning disability for the 21st Century (Department of Health, 2001) and Valuing People Now (Department of Health, 2009) outlines that support for people with learning disabilities should be based upon and uphold a number of basic rights and values including “Social inclusion in local communities, choice in their daily lives and real opportunities to be independent”. The prevention resource aims to provide information, research, practice examples and links to wider SCIE resources in order to promote and support these values in relation to all areas of people’s lives to promote and maintain independence, community connections and choice and control.

Prevention practice examples and research with adults with learning disabilities

Making choices, being informed

Promoting independence and wellbeing

Connecting individuals and communities