The following resources are available to help you learn more about communicating with people with a learning disability, and how to make your existing communication materials more accessible.
Communication and people with the most complex needs: What works and why this is essential
This guide was launched at the PMLD Network conference 2010. It was commissioned by Mencap in partnership with the Department of Health, as part of the programme of work set out in Valuing People Now to ensure people with the most complex needs are included. It is written by Professor Juliet Goldbart from Manchester Metropolitan University, an expert in the field of communication and people with PMLD.
The guide is aimed at commissioners, to support them in commissioning support and services which meet the communication needs of people with the most complex needs, including people with PMLD. However, it will also be useful for family carers, frontline staff and people with a learning disability.
Make it clear
Mencap's guide to making written information clear and easy to read for people with a learning disability. Download the Make it clear guide.
Working with someone with a learning disability may challenge your idea of what communication is, and how you make yourself understood.
Many people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) do not communicate using formal communication like speech, symbols or signs. But this does not mean that they can't communicate.