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. Robyn has been a Langdon member since 2008 and with Langdon’s support has learnt important life skills such as travelling independently, cooking and cleaning for herself. She also works 4 days a week.
Through her own determination, as well as the support of Langdon, Robyn has built a life for herself as an ambitious, independent woman.
Robyn says: “I’d been in care all my life, so didn’t really live independently until I came to Langdon. I enjoy my job because I get to be like everyone else in the community, and I enjoy volunteering because I get to give back to the community that have helped me grow and mature as a person. Langdon helps me live as normal a life as possible.”
Robin 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 about the ‘invisible disabilities’ and the people who have them.