Thanks for posting on the Family Hub. I’m one of the information and advice officers so thought I’d check in with you.
The different ways people talk about learning disability can be very confusing. Here is some information to help:
What is a learning disability?
A person with a learning disability may find it harder to understand, learn and remember new things, meaning they may have problems with a range of things such as communication, being aware of risks or managing everyday tasks. The term learning disability covers a broad range of individuals, each with different strengths and abilities, as well as needs. When providing care and support the person should always come first and the label or diagnosis second. Although definitions can be important sometimes, the most important thing is to focus on a person’s rights, dignity and individuality and not ‘labelling’ people.
There is more information here: https://www.mencap.org.uk/learning-disability-explained/what-learning-disability
I do think it’s important to remember that everyone has individual needs and strengths, and with the right support most people with a learning disability in the UK can lead independent lives.
If you think you need a diagnosis for learning disability you could ask your GP to refer you for an assessment. Remember you have the right to ask for a second opinion. It’s a good idea to think about how you manage day to day tasks and what you find difficult. If you need to, take someone with you who knows you well.
How do I get support?
You could apply for support through the adult social care system. This is the pathway for someone who has a learning disability. You can request a needs assessment through the local adult social services team. You don’t need a formal diagnosis, it is an assessment of your support needs on a day to day basis. The assessment will provide a base line of what your needs are, without any support from anyone. The local authority will then decide which of these needs are eligible for support, if any.
You can find out about social care assessments in your area on your local authority website under ‘adult social care’.
There is more information here: https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/social-care/assessments-and-eligibility
I hope that helps,