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Learning disabilities

People with a learning disability are among the most vulnerable in society and we are committed to improving their lives.

The Welsh Government regards all people with a learning disability as full citizens, equal in status and value to other citizens of the same age. 

Learning Disability Strategy for Wales 

The latest version of the Learning Disability Strategic Action Plan was published in 2007. Since then the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act has been introduced. This Act has changed the way we meet the care and support needs of people with a learning disability and their carers. Each individual has a say in their own needs including defining their own well-being outcomes. 

Care and support needs should be met by mainstream services wherever possible. Although some individuals will have specialist needs that have to be met through personalised support. 

The Learning Disability Advisory Group (LDAG) 

The LDAG was set up to provide advice to Welsh Ministers on learning disability issues. The LDAG are presently working with the Welsh Government on a strategic action plan for people with a learning disability. This will go out for public consultation later this year.

People with a learning disability 

The LDAG have agreed that ‘people with a learning disability’ was the preferred term when referring to them. We are aware though that this term is not acceptable to all and we will continue to  review.