A learning disability affects the way a person understands information and how they communicate. Learning disabilities can be mild, moderate or severe/profound.
Find out more about learning disabilities on the NHS website or read the Mencap information and resources to help you understand learning disabilities.
The Learning Disability Devon website has been designed by people with a learning disability for people with a learning disability and contains lots of information to help you stay safe and well.
Services in Devon
Devon’s Learning Disability Team gives advice and support to professionals and families of children and young people with severe or profound learning disabilities. Email TSDFT.DevonSPA@nhs.net or call 0330 024 5321 and ask to speak to a duty member from the Learning Disability Team.
Devon Partnership NHS Trust’s service includes a number of specialist teams that can help support people with learning disabilities that are over 18 years old.
Learning disability annual health checks
From the age of 14 people who have a learning disability, and who are on the GP’s learning disability register, can have a free annual health check.
This is an important opportunity to discuss your physical and mental health with your GP and build relationships to help ensure your future good health. You do not have to be ill to have an annual health check, they are to help you stay well.
Protect yourself from flu
The Learning Disability Devon website provides a range of resources to help you learn more about how to protect yourself from flu.
On the GOV.UK website you can also find learning resources as well as two short films. One film is about the importance of the flu vaccination for people with a learning disability and autistic people with certain health conditions. The other film is about flu vaccinations for carers of people with a learning disability.