Support in your community
People with a learning disability can use the same community services as everyone else. The law says public organisations have to make changes so that disabled people can access their services. The organisations who have a contract with the County Council or NHS have to make these changes too.
Where you live will depend on:
- what housing there is
- where you want to live
- your money
- your own support needs
- people you want to share your house with
- how urgent it is for you to move.
Housing in your area
Your local District Council are the people who organise housing. It has services which help you get on the housing register or give housing information and advice.
People with a learning disability may have worse health than others. To help, people with a learning disability can get an Annual Health Check. This is free from your GP’s practice. You don’t need to be ill to get one and you can talk to the GP about anything that is hurting or worrying you. The GP will check lots of things and give you a ‘Health Action Plan’.
Many people with a learning disability get benefits. Your local Citizen Advice is able to help you if you think your benefits are wrong. They can also help with debt and housing issues.
Job Centre Plus has work coaches and disability advisers who can help you find and stay in work. They can help by looking at volunteering, work experience and work trials which help you to get ready for work. They can help you look at what support you might need at work. They will write a work plan for you.
More Easy Read information
- Access to Work Funding Factsheet (National)
- Personal Independence Payments Guide (National)
- Annual Health Checks (National)
- Adult Safeguarding (West Sussex)
- Hate Crime: what it is and what to do about it (National)
- Hate Crime: what it is and how to support victims and witnesses (National)
- Prosecuting crimes against disabled people (National)
- Support for disabled victims and witnesses of crime (National)