About Learning Disability Week

Learning Disability Week aims to raise awareness about what it's like to have a learning disability, and the challenges you can face. 

This year's theme focuses on what people with a learning disability achieve. We want to smash misconceptions and shine a light on the stigma many still face every day. 

Find out more about Learning Disability Week.

The Big Plan

It's estimated that there are around 5,000 working age adults with a learning disability in Brighton & Hove. This could rise to 5,254 working age adults by 2035.  

In 2021 we published 'The Big Plan', a city-wide strategy for adults with learning disabilities.

The strategy aims to support adults with learning disabilities to achieve their goals and wishes. This includes:

  • being empowered to develop and maintain relationships and friendships
  • having a range of activities, work and learning opportunities in the city 
  • living longer and have healthier and happier lives
  • access to good quality accommodation that encourages independence and choice
  • support with transitions between services or changes in provision
  • access to advice and information on services in the city

Each of the priority areas has a working group, to make sure there is progress on these actions.

You can view an easy read version of our strategy here.

Learning Disability Partnership Board

Speak Out chair our Adult Learning Disability Partnership Board. They do so along with adults with Learning Disabilities who are members of their Link Group. 

Other members include:

  • The Carers Centre
  • Amaze
  • Parent Carers Council (PaCC)
  • other areas of the Learning Disability community

The Big Plan working groups also report to this board.

More Information

Find out more about our easy read information for people with a learning disability.

Learn more about our Specialist Community Disability Service and how they support people with a learning disability, and their family or carers.

TAKEPART festival

TAKEPART is an award-winning festival celebrating community sport, dance, exercise and physical activity. It'll be taking place at the same time as Learning Disability Week.

Providers from across the city will be showcasing local opportunities and activites for people of all ages and abilities. The idea of the festival is to encourage people to lead healthy and active lifestyles.

Members of the working groups have been meeting with the TAKEPART team to help make the events more accessible for adults with learning disabilities. 

Find out more about TAKEPART.