Learning Disabilities

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    • More Deprived are have greater levels of those with Learning Disabilities (LD)
    • Employment for the with LD is broadly similar in Wakefield compared to national trends
    • People with LD are more likely to be in stable accommodation in Wakefield District that national trends


The Population

Learning Disabilities is a term given to a large range of conditions / states of being. This can range from conditions such as Autism, Downs Syndrome which are diagnosed often at birth or within the first few years of life. Through to behavioural challenges that present during a persons life or as a result of a physical injury

A learning disability affects the way a person understands information and how they communicate. This means they can have difficulty:

•understanding new or complex information
•learning new skills
•coping independently

Source: PANSI 2019

The above shows Wakefield’s estimated population of 5000 people living with Learning Disabilities grouped into working age bands.

The Challenge

Below is the local prevalence values of Learning Disabilites in our district.

Source: WCCG Primary Care


Because of the nature of the topics covered this page gives an overview of the major trends in for our population who experience a learning difficulty.
Source: WMDC Adult Social Care


The above shows those known to the Wakefield system as prevalence per IMD 2015  Wakefield Decile. it shows a clear gradient, demonstrating that those with LD are in greater prevalence in the more deprived parts of the district.

The below links to more detailed sections of this website capturing the facets of Learning Disabilities and how they affect different parts of our population. this list will grow to include Autism and spectrum disorders, Downs Syndrome and behavioural disorders, as well as linking to relevant wider determinants

Sickness and Disability


Housing needs for people with learning disabilities