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Learning disabilities: charities

There are many charities in the UK that provide advice, support and services for people living with learning disabilities as well as their friends, family and carers. 

General learning disability charities

British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD). The British Institute of Learning Disabilities' work  focuses on people with learning disabilities being valued equally, participating fully in their communities and being treated with dignity and respect. 

CHANGE. CHANGE is a human rights organisation led by learning disabled people, working for the human rights of all people with learning disabilities.

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities. The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities works to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities. They provide information about issues affecting the lives of people with learning disabilities and provide publications and workshops.

HF Trust (Hft). Hft provides services for people with learning disabilities throughout England and supports people to live life the way they choose. 

Learning Disabilities Observatory. The Improving Health and Lives Learning Disabilities Observatory keeps watch on the health of people with learning disabilities and the health care they receive. 

Learning Disability UK. Learning Disability UK provides information, education, resources, advocacy and services for those working with adults with learning disabilities.

Mencap. Mencap works in partnership with people with learning disabilities, and their services support people to live life as they choose.

Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities Network (PMLD). The PMLD Network is a group of people committed to improving the lives of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD).

Jewish learning disability charities

Judith Trust. The Judith Trust's vision is that all people with learning disabilities will be included into their communities in particular and society in general.

jweb. jweb is an online guide to what's available and what's happening in the Jewish learning disabilities community. 

Kisharon. Kisharon is a London based charity supporting Jewish people with learning disabilities, as well as their families and carers.

Norwood. One of the UK's oldest charities, Norwood supports people with learning disabilities. Services include education, after school clubs and holiday schemes, transition, supported living, residential care, lifelong learning and health and wellbeing.

Condition specific learning disability charities

AADD-UK. AADD-UK is a member group of people with ADHD, running support groups as well as a website and online community.

Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service (ADDISS). ADDISS provides people friendly information and resources about ADHD to anyone who needs assistance—parents, people with ADHD, teachers or health professionals.

Autism Independent UK. Autism Independent UK helps to increase awareness of autism and offers both well established and newly developed approaches to diagnosis, assessment, education and treatment.

British Dyslexic Association (BDA). The BDA is the voice of dyslexic people. They aim to influence government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society that enables dyslexic people of all ages to reach their full potential.

Down's Syndrome Association. The Down's Syndrome Association aims to help people with Down's syndrome live full and rewarding lives.

Dyslexia Action. Dyslexia Action provides support to people with literacy and numeracy difficulties, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties.

National Autistic Society. The National Autistic Society supports people on the autism spectrum (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. It provides information, support and services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism. 

Rett UK. Rett UK provides professional support to people living with Rett syndrome across the UK.

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