We’ve never really known how many people in the Jewish community have learning disabilities. Until now. New research from JPR, commissioned by Langdon, allows us for the first time to credibly estimate the number of people in the Jewish community who have a range of learning disabilities.
7.4% of the UK Jewish population has some kind of learning disability. That equates to 23,171 people.
Looking at this 7.4% as a group, 7% of them have a “severe” learning disability (e.g. Down’s Syndrome); 9% have a “borderline” learning disability (e.g. unlikely to be in mainstream education, but ambiguity about the medical cause); 31% have a “moderate” learning disability (i.e. likely to be in a mainstream education, but with a statement of special educational needs that the school is obliged to act upon); and 54% has a “light” learning disability (e.g. in mainstream education with a condition like dyslexia or dyspraxia).
Robert is 20, and has Asperger Syndrome. He has been going to Langdon Brady Club since it opened five years ago. The Club is a way for teenagers with learning disabilities to meet new people, make friends and have fun.
Robyn has overcome a lifetime of challenges. Both her parents passed away when she was young, so Robyn grew up with a number of foster families. Robyn also had the extra challenge of having a learning disability.
Leah is 29 and was born with cerebral palsy. This limits the use of her legs and to a lesser extent her arms. She also has learning disabilities.
Adam was born without an immune system. His only chance of survival was a bone marrow transplant which he received from his sister. Shortly after he suffered a major stroke which damaged three quarters of his brain.
Against all odds, at the age of 21, Adam is a Langdon member.
When Daryll was 11 weeks old, a consultant told his parents, “take him home and enjoy him. He won’t live past his third birthday”. Daryll is now 25 years old.
Daryll has defied every expectation. He moved to Langdon College aged 15 and hasn’t looked back.
Shoshi and Edward first met at Langdon College in Manchester. They both have learning disabilities, which had made their experiences growing up and becoming independent very challenging.
They both developed in leaps and bounds at the College, and they also developed something else…
James is a remarkable person. He has ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and before Langdon his life was very different.
He was in a flat in a housing association, and he lived there for about three years. Whilst there he got in with a bad crowd, and had it not been for Langdon James could have ended up in serious trouble.