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Learning disability

Blackburn with Darwen social services, in partnership with Blackburn and Darwen Primary Care Trust, commissions and provides a wide range of services to adults with learning disabilities and their carers.

Services are based around person centred assessments carried out by a team of specialist care managers. The key principles of promoting independence, inclusion and access to ordinary life opportunities are central to the design of services for adults with learning disabilities and their carers.

A person with a learning disability will have a reduced ability to understand new or complex information or to learn new skills, or to cope independently in every day life.  Some people with learning disabilities also have physical and/or sensory impairments and some may also have mental health issues.  Currently anyone on the autistic spectrum comes under the remit of the Learning Disability service in Blackburn with Darwen.

A full assessment will help us to understand a person's circumstances and to decide how much help and support is needed to enable them to manage their day to day living.


Learning Disability Partnership Board

The 'Learning Disability Partnership Board' is a group of people that meet together to make sure that the ideas in 'Valuing People' are being used to make life better for people with learning disabilities in Blackburn with Darwen.  There's lots of usefult information on their website - follow the link below.

Blackburn with Darwen Learning Disability Partnership Board
Address: Adult Social Services, PO Box 478, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 9BR
Phone: 01254 587547


Shared Lives scheme

A Shared Lives Scheme placement offers vulnerable adults the chance to receive the care and support they need in a different setting to the family home, or the supported accommodation, in which they usually live.  Click the link below for more information.

Shared Lives scheme



Short breaks for people with learning disabilities

People who have a learning disability in Blackburn with Darwen can enjoy a short break at the Short Term Breaks service.

Short Term Breaks service



Other services for people with a disability


Disabilities and sensory loss

If you are still unsure the Adult Social Care Customer Liaison Team will be able to advise you. You can contact them from 8.45am to 5pm, Monday to Friday on (01254) 587547.

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