Course Profile

Course Profile: Learning Disability Awareness (1 Day)
The aim of this Learning Disability training event is to raise awareness of the workforce in understanding what a learning disability is and how it affects a person’s lifestyle and their human rights.  This full day training session will provide learners with information, knowledge, competences and skills required to work in a person-centred way with people with learning disabilities.
The course provides some knowledge for
The Care Certificate: Standards 1, 3, 5, 9
QCF: HSC024; 026; 036; SHC024 ; 34; LD201; SS OP2.1; 3.1;
 The course supports the Social Care Commitment
The course is designed for any healthcare and adult social care practitioners working at all levels in a variety of services e.g. learning disability, mental health services. The course will help organisations to meet the CQC Fundamental Standards

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • What a learning disability is and how it impacts on a person's lifestyle
  • The differences between a learning disability, a learning difficulty, autism and a mental health condition
  • The main causes of a learning disability
  • The different categories of learning disabilities with reference to main syndromes
  • The background and the history of people with learning disabilities including the medical, social and life models of disability
  • The key sociological theories developed in relation to people with learning disabilities since the 1950's including Bengt Nirje, Wolf Wolfensberger and John O'Brien
  • What person-centred support/care planning is
  • Choices and decision making with reference to the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • What personalisation is and how it affects service delivery
  • Strategies for promoting communication
  • Strategies for promoting learning
  • Strategies for promoting motivation, confidence and self-esteem
  • The key components related to good practice in supporting people with learning disabilities including : working in partnership; equality and diversity principles; positive risk taking and managing risk; assessment and support plans; recording keeping and confidentiality
  • How to access some useful resources for information and advice
Training methods utilised include: small group work and pair work, practice studies, questions and answers, chalk and talk, word shower method, questionnaire, PowerPoint trainer presentation, facilitated discussion, handouts