Kate Richardson, Rorie Fulton

Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities: Understanding the context


A Care Quality Guide for health and social care staff

The Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities: Understanding the context Care Quality Guide aims to help health and social care staff and carers refresh, develop or extend their learning in key areas of learning disability practice.



If you are new to working with a particular client group or in a new role, you can use the material to quickly develop knowledge you will need, and where appropriate, work towards a relevant qualification.

If you are a more experienced worker, you can use the guide to refresh your learning, and to contribute towards your continuing professional development.

If you are a manager, you can use the guide to meet your responsibilities for providing induction and staff supervision, and opportunities for training and development and continuing professional development. This will contribute towards meeting Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards.

This guide also provides underpinning knowledge for Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) unit LD201 Understand the Context of Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities.

Take a look inside and find out how this guide can benefit you or your workforce.


This guide provides vital information for managers or providers of health and social care services, frontline social care workers, workforce development managers, family carers of people with learning disabilities.


ISBN: 9781909810938
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media
Publication: 07 July 2014

Section 1: Legislation and policies that support the human rights and inclusion of individuals with learning disabilities;

Section 2: The nature and characteristics of learning disability;

Section 3: The historical context of learning disability;

Section 4: The basic principles and practice of advocacy, empowerment and active participation;

Section 5: How views and attitudes impact on the lives of individuals with learning disabilities and their family carers;

Section 6: How to promote communication with individuals with learning disabilities.


Dr Rorie Fulton is a partner at Open Cultures Consultancy, a research and training consultancy specialising in learning disability, communication and inclusion issues. He is also co-ordinator of The Caldwell Foundation, a charity supporting people with autism who have sensory and communication difficulties. Rorie’s background is in academic research, education and advocacy.

Kate Richardson is a highly specialist speech and language therapist working with adults with learning disabilities. She is qualified as a registered intermediary on behalf of adults with learning disabilities appearing in the criminal justice system. Kate is also a partner at Open Cultures Consultancy and a consultant for The Caldwell Foundation.


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