Information and Support for People with Learning Disabilities
Islington Learning Disabilities Partnership (ILDP)
Islington Learning Disabilities Partnership (ILDP) is a health and social care team working with people who have learning disabilities.
Learning disabilities’ describes the challenge that some people have in learning, understanding, and with everyday life skills such as managing money, reading, or personal care. Learning disability usually affects someone from birth or childhood and affects the brain's ability to receive and process information. It is a lifelong condition. This is different from ‘learning difficulties’ such as dyslexia which may have a more limited and specific impact, and from mental illness which can be a changing mental pattern.
The level of disability can vary greatly, for instance people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) need full-time support. ILDP works with people who have a “global” disability – a general disability which has limited their development in areas like communication and organising thoughts.
The Role of ILDP
ILDP is part of the local council and health service. They are available to help people with learning disabilities decide what kind of care, support and services are needed and, where eligible, organise support. The team includes staff with expertise in health, social care and therapies.
The ILDP can offer:
- Information, advice and support from social workers, nurses, doctors and various therapies including speech and language, physiotherapy
- Support services to help you look after yourself
- Help with finding work, volunteering, or activities
- Help to make sure you are safe
ILDP can refer onto things such as day services, supported housing, short breaks, specialist employment, and respite (support for carers). ILDP can help you if:
- You live in the borough of Islington;
- You have a global learning disability and are aged over 18, or are a young person with a global learning disability coming into adulthood (“Transition”)
- You are caring for someone with a global learning disability
If you have a learning disability but ILDP are unable to offer you support, they can advise on other services that you can contact. They all work specifically for people with learning disabilities. These three services offer community support for people who are not eligible for ILDP services:
If you are a friend and/or family member who assists someone with a Learning Disability, please see Carers Advice for more information on the support available.