Edel Harris, Chief Executive of the learning disability charity Mencap, said:

"The Chancellor’s focus on jobs for young people is very welcome, but it needs to be open to all young people, including those with a learning disability.  I met with Gillian Keegan MP, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills this morning to talk her through our blueprint for ensuring young people with a learning disability have the same opportunity as others.  We know that they have a lot to offer employers.  A few reasonable adjustments and the introduction of a cognitive assessment could make the announcements today properly inclusive."


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For advice and information on learning disability, including advice on coronavirus and healthcare, please contactMencap’s FreephoneLearning Disability Helpline on 0808 808 1111 (8am-6pm, Monday-Friday) or email helpline@mencap.org.uk. Or visit Mencap’s website: www.mencap.org.uk

About Mencap     

There is approximately 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Mencap works to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers by fighting to change laws, improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities.

Mencap supports thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want and also campaigns to change laws, improve services and challenge negative attitudes towards people with a learning disability.

What is a learning disability?    

  • A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability which can cause problems with everyday tasks – for example shopping and cooking, or travelling to new places – which affects someone for their whole life;    
  • Learning disability is not a mental illness or a learning difficulty, such as dyslexia. Very often the term ‘learning difficulty’ is wrongly used interchangeably with ‘learning disability’;     
  • People with a learning disability can take longer to learn new things and may need support to develop new skills, understand difficult information and engage with other people. The level of support someone needs is different with every individual. For example, someone with a severe learning disability might need much more support with daily tasks than someone with a mild learning disability.