Learning disabilities and dementia - more resources

Get details of organisations that can provide information and support if you know someone with learning disabilities who has recently been diagnosed with dementia. 

Useful organisations

British Institute of Learning Disabilities

Birmingham Research Park

97 Vincent Drive


Birmingham B15 2SQ

T 0121 415 6960

E [email protected]

W www.bild.org.uk

Works to improve the lives of people with disabilities and family carers. Provides a range of published and online information including 'easy read' booklets to help explain dementia to a person with a learning disability.

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

1st Floor, Colechurch House

1 London Bridge Walk

London SE1 2SX

T 020 7803 1100

W www.learningdisabilities.org.uk

Charity working to influence government and local authority policies and services so that they better meet the needs of people with learning disabilities, their families and carers.

Down's Syndrome Association

Langdon Down Centre

2a Langdon Park

Teddington TW11 9PS

T 0333 1212 300 (helpline 10am-4pm weekdays)

E [email protected]

W www.downs-syndrome.org.uk

Charity working to help people with Down's syndrome lead full and rewarding lives. Runs a helpline and local support groups, funds research and champions the rights of people with Down's syndrome.


123 Golden Lane

London EC1Y 0RT

T 0808 808 1111 (Mencap Direct helpline)

E [email protected] (England)

[email protected] (Wales)

[email protected] (Northern Ireland)

W www.mencap.org.uk

Charity providing information, advice and support services for people with learning disabilities.

More information 

Last reviewed: March 2015

Next review due: March 2018

Reviewed by: Dr Karen Watchman, Senior Lecturer in Dementia, Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of West of Scotland and Dr André Strydom, Reader in Intellectual Disabilities, Division of Psychiatry, University College London

This information has also been reviewed by people affected by dementia. A list of sources is available on request from [email protected]

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