Stigma

There are around 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK and like all of us, they are individuals who want different things in life and need different levels of support.

People with a learning disability carry the label of ‘learning disability’, but it is important to remember they are a person first.

People who carry that label also carry many other labels, including friend, brother, sister, grandmother and father.

A label might describe one aspect of a person, but it does not capture the whole person.

Figures provided by the Department of Health show that there are around 160,000 adults with severe and profound learning disabilities in England, most of whom are able to live with their family at home and then later in residential accommodation.