Learning Disability Info for the Whole Family

 

The term “learning disability” is used to encompass a variety of disorders that make it difficult for people to understand information and may affect communication. It’s estimated that of the approximately 1.5 million people in the UK with learning disabilities, 350,000 of them have a severe form of them and that number is on the rise.

 

Most learning disabilities are not well understood. Sometimes a person is born with the disability, but almost always the cause is unknown. Depending on the specific disability, symptoms and areas affected differ from person to person. Some indicators may include difficulty paying attention, challenges with reading or writing, speech issues, difficulty listening or coping with change, problems with organization or time management. Assessments are performed by learning professionals to determine which learning disability a person has and the best course of action.

Living with a Learning Disability

Diagnosing a learning disability can be difficult as it is best on assessments that are evaluated by learning experts. There is no blood test to discover a learning disability. Instead, some evaluations may include observing the child over a period of time in different situations in addition to specific tests.

 

Being told you or your child has a learning disability may be shocking at first. However, it’s also the first step to accessing assistance and creating adaptations that make life easier. Treatment options may include speech and language therapy, psychological therapies, socialization, and other options. A doctor may also prescribe medications to enhance attention and focus. In addition, practical aids may be used to make schoolwork and home life easier.

Learning Disability Aids

Depending on the type of learning disability, almost every aspect of a person’s life can be impacted. Routine tasks as well as new situations can be challenging, however, the right assistive devices can make things easier.


Household Aids

Daily activities and hobbies are well within the reach of most people with learning disabilities. Devices such as personal alarms, talking clocks, night lights, and leisure items all help make daily life easier when living with a disability.


Pediatric Care Aids

Children with learning disabilities may be also be delayed in areas of physical and emotional development. Products such as emotional development aids, pen grippers, development and play aids, and activity tables can help these children catch up to their peers.


Personal Care Aids

Depending on the nature of the learning disability, personal care items such as shoe horns, zipper pulls, and easy to grip brushes can make living with a disability much easier.

 

Although learning disabilities encompass a broad range of specific issues, most people struggling with them can live fulfilling lives with a combination of therapies and assistive devices. In the UK, the number of people with severe learning challenges is on the rise, though the cause is not known. Schools, doctors, and therapists provide support in addition to the assistive devices you can find here.



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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).