We all want the everyday pleasures of a social life. Yet this is one of the areas of life people with learning disabilities can find most challenging, resulting in loneliness and isolation.
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.
His mother says: “Before the Club opened, Robert had wanted friends of his own and to go out, as his younger brother did, but Robert could not make any friends and got frustrated. Now, through Brady, Robert has made a good circle of friends, who also all see each other outside Brady. Due to Brady, Robert has grown as a person and is willing to try new things.
“Robert has now started getting outreach support from Langdon, and is supported to try new activities such as the nightclub evening and golf. The activities that Langdon offer their members means that Robert is doing something nearly every day.”
Robert is just one of 23,171 people in the Jewish community who have learning disabilities, according
to research by JPR, commissioned by Langdon. As Langdon celebrates its 25th Anniversary, we thought it important to highlight not just the scale of the issue, but to understand more both about the ‘invisible disabilities’ and the people who have them.