The Northern Cancer Alliance work closely with the North East and Cumbria Learning Disability Network. We aim to reduce the inequalities faced by people with a learning disability in understanding, access and outcomes.
What is a learning disability?
Valuing People, the 2001 White Paper on the health and social care of people with learning disabilities, included the following definition of learning disabilities:
Learning disability includes the presence of:
- a significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information, to learn new skills (impaired intelligence), with;
- a reduced ability to cope independently (impaired social functioning);
- which started before adulthood, with a lasting effect on development.
Learning disability organisations
Mencap is the leading voi