Learning for life: learning disabilities

Life Long Learning and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) are the
processes by which professionals, such as nurses, develop and improve their

There are many ways to address CPD: formally, through attending courses,
study days and workshops; or informally, through private study and reflection.
Reading articles in professional journals is a good way of keeping up-to-date
with what is going on in the field of practice, but reflecting and identifying
what you have learnt is not always easy. These questions are designed to help
you to identify what you have learnt from studying the article. They will also
help you to clarify what you can apply to practice, what you did not understand
and what you need to explore further.

1. Who wrote Valuing people?

a) The chief medical officer
b) The chief nursing officer
c) Government departments
d) The Royal College of Nursing

2. Which of the following was NOT a term used for learning disabilities?

a) Mentally handicapped
b) Mental sub-normality
c) Mentally defective
d) Mental deficiency

3. Which of the following is not an additional disability?

a) Motor impairment
b) Sensory disability
c) Epilepsy
d) Schizophrenia

4. People with learning disabilities are supported in the community by

a) The NHS, local authorities and housing associations
b) The local authorities, residents and housing associations
c) The NHS, residents and housing associations
d) The NHS, local authorities and residents associations

5. Social inclusion means ensuring that people with learning disabilities

a) Only use specialist services
b) Use mainstream services and are fully included in the community
c) Only use specially designed mainstream services
d) Use certain services available to the community

6. The advantages of work for people with learning disabilities are

a) Increased mortgage, independence, status and self-respect
b) Increased income, dependence, status and self-respect
c) Increased income, independence, status and respect for others
d) Increased income, independence, status and self-respect

7. What is the first thing a person with a learning disability needs to
learn when contemplating work?

a) Travel training
b) Factors about the job itself
c) How to dress for work
d) Where to go for tea breaks

8. Which of the following is NOT a problem for people with learning
disability at work?

a) Stress
b) Bullying
c) Social isolation
d) Excessive sickness absence

9. Why can the written word be a problem for people with learning
disabilities? Because they are

a) Unable to confirm an appointment
b) Unable to read notes of meetings
c) Do not appreciate the contents of letters
d) All of the above

10. Which are the non-verbal clues that indicate a person with learning
disabilities is not happy?

a) Poor posture, change in routine and looking unwell
b) Poor grooming and posture, change in routine
c) Poor grooming, change in routine and looking unwell
d) Poor grooming and behaviour, looking unwell


1.c) The document Valuing people can be downloaded from the
Department of Health website. It is worth obtaining a copy and reading the
chapter on employment in full. 2.c) Understanding the variety of terms
used can help in understanding that there may be cultural differences in the
way companies and/or individuals view people with learning disabilities. 3.d);
Find out what your local community is doing in order to support people
with learning disabilities. 5.b); 6.d) Find out how your organisation
views employing people with learning disabilities. Discuss it with other
members of the OH department and consider what role OH plays in the employment
of people with learning disabilities. 7.a); 8.d); 9.d); 10.c) Consider
how the OH department may be able to help and support workers with learning

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