Learning Disabilities / Difficulties & Autism

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Learning Disability

A learning disability is when an individual has a reduced ability to understand/process information. Individuals with a learning disability can also find it difficult to communicate and can affect their independence.

People with learning disabilities can have difficulty with everyday tasks such as household chores, managing budget and even socialising. At Promoting Independence South West, we can support you to achieve these tasks and more. Whatever you're doing, whether at home, going out, finding education or employment, we're committed to providing mentoring and support; to enable you to achieve your goals towards independence.

We'll work with you and your support network to create your support plan and involve you in choosing your support workers, providing you with staff who understand you. We provide specific learning disability training for our staff to ensure our care and support meets your needs.

Learning Difficulty

A learning difficulty is often hard to diagnose from health care professionals, and are rarely are entitled to social care support and intervention; due to not being deemed to have a significant reduced ability to understand/process some information.

As with those with learning disabilities, learning difficulties can create barriers to undertaking everyday tasks, whether this is at home, socialising and accessing activities/transport, education and/or employment. Our service offers support and mentoring with identified areas that you wish require to increase your independence. No goal is too small for us support you with.


Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects a person's ability to communicate and build social relationships. It also leads to unusually narrow interests, a strong preference for repetition, sensory hyper-sensitivity, and challenges in adjusting to unexpected change.

Promoting Independence South West is aware that Autism also leads to excellent attention to detail, memory for detail, and excellent pattern recognition. Some people with autism also have learning difficulties and/or language delay. Autism is a spectrum; while all people with autism share common traits, their condition will affect them in very different ways. Some individuals are able to live relatively independent lives; others will require a lifetime of specialist support.

People with Asperger Syndrome have average or above average intelligence and good language skills. Some may be able to function well in school or in the work place but still have a hard time socialising. Others may find even daily tasks related to independence challenging, often because they feel overwhelmed by too much information. (www.autismresearchtrust.org.uk).

Our Service has a wealth of experience and skills when working with Autism, and therefore are able to offer a bespoke care package that is tailored to the person's needs.

Promoting Independence will be seeking membership with National Autism Society.