Internationally three criteria are regarded as requiring to be met before a learning disability can be identified or diagnosed.
• intellectual impairment (IQ)
• social or adaptive dysfunction combined with IQ
• early onset of the above
Individuals who have the label of a learning disability/difficulty can and should be described in many other ways including, friend, neighbour, relative, colleague, community member, partner, employee, parent. A label describes one aspect of a person, but does not capture the whole person.
All new DCC adult social care staff will need to undertake Standard 9 of the Care Certificate: Awareness of mental health, dementia and learning disability. For experienced staff who have not had awareness training, Standard 9 is a good starting place.
Staff directly supporting people with a learning disability can use this page for more indepth learning to improve their practice.