All-age Learning Disability draft strategy consultation

All Age Learning Disability Strategy Consultation

The strategy sets out our vision and priorities for people of any age with a learning disability in South Gloucestershire for the period from April 2022 to March 2027. The strategy is the first All-age learning disability strategy for South Gloucestershire.

It was developed with the Learning Difficulties Partnership Board and included input from key people including parents and carers, providers, practitioners, commissioners, schools, and adults and young people with learning disability.

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What is a Learning Disability?

In South Gloucestershire we have adopted the Eric Emerson and Pauline Heslop “A working definition of learning disabilities”. Learning disability includes the presence of:

  • a reduced ability to cope independently (impaired social functioning)
  • a significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information, to learn new skills (impaired intelligence), with; ҄
  • which started before adulthood, with a lasting effect on development.

Examples of this would be difficulty with everyday activities – for example household tasks, socialising or managing money – which affects someone for their whole life. People with a learning disability tend to take longer to learn and may need support to develop new skills, understand complicated information and interact with other people. Many people with learning disability prefer to use the term ‘learning difficulty’.

About the strategy

AALD pic2Our vision

Our vision for the strategy is that people with a learning disability in South Gloucestershire will live safe, good, healthy and fulfilled lives as part of their community. They will have the right support at the right time to achieve their full potential. "Together we can and we will achieve."

Click here to download the strategy

What this means

By putting this strategy into action, we aim to achieve:

1) Effective planning for smooth transitions for young people preparing for adulthood.

2) Increase employment and vocational education and training opportunities for people with a learning disability.

3) Provide a range of good quality housing and support options for people with a learning disability with a clear pathway on how to access them.

4) Promote independence - ensuring people are safe and connected to their community.

5) Promote support networks for family, friends, parent and carers who support people with a learning disability.

6) Work in partnership with health to deliver better health and wellbeing outcomes for people with a learning disability and their parents and carers.

These are the six priorities that form the framework of the strategy that will enable us to deliver on our vision. 

How to have your say

You can read the draft strategy document by clicking on this link. You can also download an Easy Read version (see below). We would like to know what you think and you can do this by:

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  • Completing our online survey by clicking on the following link:
  • Downloading a paper copy of the questionnaire which you can print and send back to us using the FREEPOST address below (you do not need a stamp). You can download a paper copy by clicking here or requesting a copy.

Easy Read versions

  • You can download and print an Easy Read version of the strategy. This version can be printed and includes questions about the strategy that you can complete and return to us using the FREEPOST address below. Click here to download this version. 
  • You can also download an Easy Read version without the questions in the document and complete the questions online using this link: Click here to download this version.

You can also email us at or write to us at the address below (you do not need a stamp).

South Gloucestershire Council
Insight and Engagement Team
Council Offices
Badminton Road
BS37 5AF

The closing date for the consultation is 9 March 2022. All responses must be submitted to us by this date.

This consultation has now closed and our consultation report is now available.

Update 15 June 2022

The strategy was approved at a cabinet meeting on 13 June 2022. More details available on our website - All-age Learning Disability Strategy 2022-2027 | South Gloucestershire Council (


  • Opened
    15 Dec 2021 at 12:00
  • Closed
    9 Mar 2022 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    14 Jun 2022

Summary of Results

Consultation Documents


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