Real life stories
Read stories from other parents about their experiences of having a child with a learning disability.
I didn't receive any tests during my pregnancy. Once my first child had received a diagnosis, I spoke to my GP and saw a professional in genetics. He told me ‘lightening doesn't strike twice.' It did.
When we found out our daughter had global developmental delay we felt devastated - protective, scared, depressed. It affected the whole family.
We adopted our first son in August 1973, when he was 3. Our own son was born in February 1974.
I am 79 years old, and I care for my daughter, who is 40, at home. We adopted her when she was 2 years old.
When my son was born we knew straight away that something was wrong.
At the time of my son's diagnosis I had no idea what a ‘disability' was, or its implications. In fact, the word ‘disability' was never even mentioned.
I am 93 now, and I am still the main carer for my son, who is 46, and lives at home.
After my first child was diagnosed with a learning disability I went to see a professional in genetics, who told me to have another child. He said lightening doesn't strike twice - it did.
When we found out about our daughter's learning disability we weren't aware of what it was. She has no speech and is highly dependent on others for support.