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Learning disabilities: grants and benefits

As a learning disability is classed as a disability under UK law, you may be entitled to certain state benefits for disabled people. The following resources can point you in the right direction:

Citizens Advice. This organisation offers benefits advice to people who live throughout the UK.

Disability Rights UK. The Disability Rights UK Factsheet F13 is an interactive tool that will determine what support you can receive.

Forbes Charitable Foundation. This registered charity distributes funds and has an online grant application form.

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities. As part of the Mental Health Foundation, this group has some basic resources.

GOV.UK: Student Finance. This page’s section on disabled students has guidance for adults with specific learning disabilities.

Mencap. With extensive support regarding benefits, Mencap offers FAQs on Carer's Allowance, Job Seeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit, Personal Independent Payment and Access to Work grants.

National Autistic Society. This organisation has a supportive network with many resources including those that cover benefits for adults with autism.

SCOPE. With a focus on all types of disabilities, SCOPE offers information on benefits along with an online grants search tool.

Turn2us. The Turn2us Grant Search tool can help uncover grants or other types of help.

Yellow Submarine: Adult residential holidays. This charity arranges holidays for adults with learning disabilities. Note: Residents from Oxfordshire are given priority, although others can join, if space permits.

Finally, if you need more assistance, contact Norwood, the UK's largest Jewish charity for people with learning disabilities.

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