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From 20-26 June 2022, it’s Learning Disability Week!

At Lifeways, many of the almost 5,000 people we support live across England, Scotland and Wales have a learning disability.

And that means many of our 11,000-strong team of professionals support individuals to boost their independence every single day.

This year, to mark Learning Disability Week, we’re asking everyone why they’re proud to support people with learning disabilities – whether that’s as a professional, such as if you’re a support worker, or if you’re a family member or guardian.

We’re asking people to either write a single word, or a sentence on this topic, which can be posted as a comment on our social media channels.

To write your word or sentence, here are the links to our social media posts on Learning Disability Week 2022:

We’ll also be gathering responses from Workplace, our internal colleague communication channel.

Once we’ve gathered the responses, we’ll create a word cloud showing the most common words that people shared with us – and share it on our social media and internal channels.

Let’s all show our support for Learning Disability Week!

What is a learning disability?

A learning disability is a neurological condition – meaning it affects the brain’s ability to send, receive and process information.

This means that people with a learning disability may find it harder when it comes to daily life skills like reading, writing and caring for themselves. Everyone’s learning disabilities are unique.

We don’t always know why a person has learning disabilities.

Lots of people who have a learning disability work, have relationships, live alone and get qualifications. Others may need more support – but most people with learning disabilities can achieve some level of independence.

There are different types of learning disabilities, which means that everyone with learning disabilities will experience slightly different challenges. 

To find out more about what a learning disability is and how it can affect a person’s daily life, read our guide on supported living for people with a learning disability.

About Lifeways:

Lifeways is the UK’s largest team of support professionals providing support for adults in the community.

We support adults with diverse and complex needs, including learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries, and mental health conditions. 

As the supported living sector’s largest team of professionals, Lifeways’ extensive experience and national reach mean we deliver extraordinary support to adults, enabling them to live fulfilling and independent lives in the community. 

Our 11,000 colleagues currently support almost 5,000 individuals who live in our 1,500 supported living and residential services across England, Scotland, and Wales. 

Find out more about how we change people's lives at:  


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