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Learning Disabilities

Looking for learning disability-friendly activities to do from home? This guide covers some free resources you can access, as well as who to turn to if you need support or someone to talk to.

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Learning disability-friendly activities

With many charities currently unable to deliver or limiting their face-to-face activities, a number of organisations have made their activity resources free to use at home.

Mencap TV

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSioctelJtiJvtZkCOxrJ6g

  • Videos made by and for people with learning disabilities
  • Subjects include cooking, fitness, arts and crafts ideas, and quizzes.

Keeping fit and healthy at home

https://www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/keeping-fit-and-healthy-at-home/

  • Exercise options that can be done at home

Mencap Online Fitness Classes

https://www.mencap.org.uk/about-us/our-projects/mencap-sport/join-our-online-fitness-classes

  • Online live classes every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am via zoom
  • Classes last 45 minutes (with around 25-35 minutes of exercise)
  • No equipment needed, just a bit of space and a chair for the sitting exercises.

Writing a Book

https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-05/Mencap_writing%20a%20book.pdf

  • An activity pack to lead you through writing your own book
  • Includes everything from collecting ideas, creating characters and planning the plot, to creating the cover artwork and illustrations.

Heart n Soul Do Your Own Thing

https://www.heartnsoul.co.uk/dyot-online

  • Tutorials on creative arts at home
  • Includes how to use a virtual DJ app, how to make a Soundscape, creating sounds from pictures, and art challenges.

Heart n Soul Choir

https://www.heartnsoul.co.uk/choir-online

  • Join in online on Thursday afternoons, 2-3pm.

ELSA Resources

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/category/free-resources/

  • Free resources for activities based around emotional literacy
  • Designed to look at different subjects, eg friendship, self-esteem, social skills.

Peer support and helplines

Mencap Community

https://healthunlocked.com/mencap

  • Mencap’s online community
  • A safe and supportive place to ask questions about learning disability, share experiences and offer support.

LDOX

https://www.ldox.org/

  • Community for people with learning disabilities and autism and related disabilities, their friends and carers.
  • Includes an online forum, directory of services, and information.