Autism and Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities

A learning disability affects the way a person learns new things throughout their life.

A learning disability is different for everyone. No two people are the same.

A person with a learning disability might have some difficulty:

  • understanding complicated information
  • learning some skills
  • looking after themselves or living alone


Autistic people may act in a different way to other people

Autistic people may:

  • find it hard to communicate and interact with other people
  • find it hard to understand how other people think or feel
  • find things like bright lights or loud noises overwhelming, stressful or uncomfortable
  • get anxious or upset about unfamiliar situations and social events
  • take longer to understand information
  • do or think the same things over and over

Support and Resources

Ambitious about Autism

For autistic children and young people, their parents and carers.

020 8815 5444

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Birmingham Community Healthcare

An online library of clinically approved apps to help support neurodiverse people.

Focus Birmingham

Provides a sight loss MOT to people with a Learning Disability or Autism. They then offer sight loss support packages, tailored to the individual.

0121 292 4849

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This guide can help if you or someone you care about is autistic or might be autistic.

Autism West Midlands

We use our passion and expertise to enrich the lives of people on the autistic spectrum and those who care for them.

0121 450 7575

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Books Beyond Words

“Beyond Words” provide wordless picture story books suitable for everyone who can’t read or don’t like written words. They provide an opportunity to open up conversations and may be useful to support understanding of physical and mental health, lifestyle and life stages. Each story is co-created with and for people who find pictures easier to understand than words. This includes people with learning disabilities and/or autism, people with cognitive or communication difficulties, such as Dementia, people who have difficulty with reading, including some Deaf people, and people who do not use the language of the country where they are living.

National Autistic Society

They are here to transform lives and change attitudes to help create a society that works for autistic people.