Explore our resources to find answers to common questions about learning disabilities and where to go for further information

What is a learning disability?

A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability to understand new and complex information and to carry out everyday activities – such as socialising, doing household tasks or managing money – which lasts for life.

People with a learning disability often find it difficult to do things on their own, learn new skills and look after themselves.

But everyone is different and learning disabilities can vary hugely from person to person.

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Our glossary contains explanations and descriptions for some of the key terms and phrases used in the world of learning disability to help you navigate and understand the language used.

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What is Early Help and Portage?

Portage is a home-visiting educational service for pre-school children who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and their families.

At LDN London we offer an Early help and advice service to support families of children aged 0-5 who have a SEND diagnosis or who are going through the process.

Find out more about what portage is and how we can support your family

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What is a family support worker?

A family support worker helps families of children with learning disabilities, giving them practical help, advice and emotional support.

Many families of a child with learning disabilities find it hard to get the information they need or are too overwhelmed to find the right support.

For some parents, English is not their first language. Yet they often have stacks of paperwork to read and information to understand.

This is where family support workers come in.

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Where to go to find more information

If you would like more information about any of our services or how we can support you, please get in touch. Contact our team by calling 020 8968 7376 or email

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