A learning disability is caused by the way the brain develops. There are many different types and most develop before a baby is born, during birth or because of a serious illness in early childhood.
A learning disability is lifelong and usually has a significant impact on a person’s life.
Learning disability is not mental illness or dyslexia.
People with a learning disability find it harder than others to learn, understand and communicate. People with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) need full-time help with every aspect of their lives – including eating, drinking, washing, dressing and toileting.
There are 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Like all of us, they are individuals who want different things in life and need different levels of support.
For more information: http://www.mencap.org.uk/
The philosophy of Gateway is based on the fundamental belief that people with a learning disability have the same rights as other members of society including for example:
- The right to be treated with dignity and respect.
- The right to make decisions and exercise choice.
- The right to retain individuality.
- The right to form relationships, and like everyone of us.
- The right to take risks and make mistakes.