At Minstead Trust, we strive to make change in society, making it a more welcoming and accessible space for people with learning disabilities.

Doing this means unpacking preconceptions and societal understanding of learning disabilities, and making it more accessible to all.

We have put together a set of easy to understand cards that include frequently asked questions and misunderstandings about learning disabilities. You can view these below.

Unpacking Learning Disabilities

  • What is a learning disability?

  • What is a learning disability?

  • What support do people with learning disabilities need?

  • Learning disability or learning difficulty?

  • What are the different levels of learning disability?

  • What can cause a learning disability?

  • When do you get a diagnosis for a learning disability?

  • How common are learning disabilities?

  • Will someone with a learning disability experience poor mental health?

  • Did you know...

  • Dealing with Discrimination

  • How can we increase positive attitudes towards those with learning disabilities?

  • Do many people with a learning disability have more than one diagnosis?

  • How is Makaton different from British Sign Language (BSL)?

  • How can you sign more effectively?

  • What is a profound and multiple learning disability (PMLD)?

  • Language Matters

  • Many learning disabilities occur entirely by chance

  • People with learning disabilities need more social opportunities

  • How can you best communicate with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD)?

  • Fragile X is the most common inherited cause of learning disability

  • The behavioural symptoms of Fragile X and Autism are very similar

  • No two people with a learning disability are the same

  • Is cerebral palsy a learning disability?

  • Is autism a learning disability?

  • What is the difference between autism and Asperger's syndrome?

  • 15% of adults accessing social care support in England do so because of a learning disability

  • People with learning disabilities may also experience other serious health conditions

  • There are more men than women with learning disabilities in paid employment

  • Do many people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) have paid jobs?

  • Special Educational Needs (SEN) covers more than learning disability alone

  • Most children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) with still go to a mainstream school

  • Learning disabilities can rarely be prevented

  • Learning disabilities have nothing to do with being smart

  • Children with learning disabilities do not 'grow out' of their learning disability

  • Learning disabilities affect real-life skills as well as academic skills

  • How should I communicate with someone who has a learning disability?

More information about the support we offer can be found on our website, and further information can be found from Mencap. 

Accessibility Tools