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What sort of help can I get if I have a learning disability?



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This page tells you more about the help that you can get if you have a Learning Disability.


For information about how to get help if you have a Learning Disability, please see the easy to read page about services for adults with a learning disability.





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Community Options Team

This team can help you find things to do in the day, evening or at weekends. This could be college courses, adult education classes, leisure activities, social activities or work placements.

We have a leaflet that can tell you more. It is called ‘Community Options Teams - enabling people with a learning disability to live the life they choose’.

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Person centred planning

Person centred planning is a way of supporting you to make choices and changes in your life. It is a way of helping you to plan your future and organise any support and services you may need.

We use person centred planning to help you deal with changes that you may not have been able to make by yourself.

Click here to read more about person centred planning.

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Short breaks

Short breaks can be a short stay away from your family home or staying in your home while your carer has a break. This could be for a few hours, days or weeks, depending on your needs.

Direct payments can be used to pay for short breaks. We have a leaflet called 'An easy guide to Direct Payments' that can tell you more.

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Support to move away from your family home

This might be Supported Living. This is when you live in your own home and have support to help you.

It could be living by yourself or with other people.

You can find out more about supported living on other websites. For example, on the websites for Supporting People (part of Birmingham City Council), and Mencap
Click here to go to the Supporting People website.

Click here to go to the housing support page on the Mencap website.

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Shared Lives

This used to be called 'Adult Placement'. It means sharing an ordinary home with the other people who live there. They give you the help you need.

You can find out more about this on the easy to read Birmingham Shared Lives web page. Click here to go to the Birmingham Shared Lives web pages.


Foster carers

Foster carers who want to carry on caring for a young person after they are 18 years old, might be able to become an Adult Placement Carer. This would mean the young person could carry on living with them.

You can find out more about this on the Becoming a Shared Lives carer web page. Click here to go to the Becoming a Shared Lives carer web page.

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What should I do now?

If you think you need support from Adults and Communities, you can get more information from the following address.

Adults & Communities Access Point
PO Box 16476
Birmingham
B2 2YT


Phone: 0121 303 1234


Click here to go back to the learning disability services web page

Other useful web pages

Birmingham Shared Lives Service

Person centred planning

Learning disability services



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