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Devon’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer

Learning disabilities

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 disability.

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 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.