Learning Disability and Autism

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Across north Cumbria there is lots of work being done to support people with learning disabilities and autism.
Examples of this are highlighted below.
Further useful resources and links are also included at the bottom of this page.

- View a step by step easy read guide to registering to vote for people with a learning disability|


- View the NHS Plan for people with a learning disability and autistic people (August 2019 - Easy Read)|


'Stop and Watch' campaign - View the Stop and Watch campaign page here|



NHS North Cumbria CCG is supporting work to improve services for young people with Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND). You can read more about the Written Statement of Action (WSOA) on the SEND Improvement Programme web pages. The WSOA sets out what we’re doing to respond to the recommendations following our inspection by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission in March 2019. It’s an 18 month plan and we are in the early stages of delivery. We are committed to improving services for children and young adults with SEND in Cumbria and we know that to do that we need to work hand-in-hand with parents and carers.


The Cumbria SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Improvement Programme, created to respond to the recent Ofsted/CQC local area SEND inspection, now has an e-newsletter. NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group is a lead partner in the improvement programme. The newsletter contains information about the programme, the progress that’s been made so far and the plans for how parents/carers and children/young adults can get involved. It is also includes the draft Written Statement of Action, the plan that sets out how Cumbria is responding to the inspection recommendations.

Read the e-newsletter HERE|

You can also sign-up HERE| to receive future e-newsletters direct to your email so you don’t miss out.



Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR)


Continuing Health Care and Learning Disability

The Continuing Health Care team works with individuals who have learning disability and complex health conditions to assess whether they are eligible for Continuing Health Care (CHC) NHS funding.



- More information on autism here|

- Open Space Event information in Cumbria 2017|

- Open Space Event information in Cumbria 2018|

Learning Disability and Autism at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Services for adults with learning disabilities and autism are delivered by a range of learning disability specialist professionals which include:

  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Speech and Language therapists
  • Registered Learning Disability Nurses
  • Support Staff

Visit Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's website Here for more information.|

Children's Community Learning Disability and Behaviour Support Service|
Support to understand and meet the health needs of children with learning disabilities, global developmental delay and autism. 


NHS England has produced a series of leaflets to help families and carers of people with learning disabilities spot the signs of constipation. They are the work of a national constipationworking group, set up to develop a better understanding of the medical factors contributing to constipation deaths. The leaflets, including easy-read versions, are available to download here|.

Local Authority

Visit the Cumbria County Council website Here|

Cumbria's Local Offer


The Local Offer helps you find information about local services, support and events for children and young people aged 0-25 years who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

Find out more here about Cumbria's Local Offer & other Family information.|

Self-advocacy groups and family carer networks




Useful links

- 'Look After Your Lungs' A Guide to your Lungs for adults with learning disabilities. (The leaflet was developed by People First Merseyside)|

- 'Listen to your body - cancer red flag symptoms' - leaflet|

- View 'Making Meetings Accessible & Inclusive'|

- View 'Best Practice Guidelines when Involving People with Learning Disabilities, Families and Carers in the Learning Disability Network's Projects'|

- Easy Read Image Consent Form|

- 'Stay Safe on Social Media and Online' - Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities|

- All about social media - tips about Facebook, Twitter Youtube and Skype|

- The NHS Plan for people with a learning disability and autistic people (August 2019 - Easy Read)|

A further flu injection explanation resource sheet is available here.|




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