Intellectual disabilities

On this page we have included links to information and resources related to intellectual disabilities (also known as learning disabilities).

Understanding intellectual disability and mental health information survey

The Royal College of Psychiatrists would like to understand what information resources people with intellectual disabilities and their carers find helpful.


We want to understand:

  • How we can direct patients and carers to helpful resources
  • What new resources we could produce that would be helpful
  • How people with intellectual disabilities and their carers use and access these

When we say ‘resources’ we mean things like physical leaflets, web pages, videos, Easy Read resources and links to websites. Please complete a 5-minute survey to help us.


You can also download a poster of this information to use at your Trust, which includes a short URL and a QR code to help people easily access the survey.


This leaflet provides information, not advice.

The content in this leaflet is provided for general information only. It is not intended to, and does not, mount to advice which you should rely on. It is not in any way an alternative to specific advice.

You must therefore obtain the relevant professional or specialist advice before taking, or refraining from, any action based on the information in this leaflet.

If you have questions about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider without delay.

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Although we make reasonable efforts to compile accurate information in our leaflets and to update the information in our leaflets, we make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied, that the content in this leaflet is accurate, complete or up to date.

Many people understand pictures better than words. Books Beyond Words tell powerful stories just in pictures to help people with learning disabilities cope with some of life's biggest challenges. At the back of each book, there is a written storyline, with guidelines and a range of resources for supporters and professionals.

The titles cover:

  • health and wellbeing
  • physical health
  • mental health and trauma
  • health screenings
  • lifestyle
  • using services
  • the criminal justice system 

Further details of all the titles or a catalogue. Tel: + 44 (020) 7492 2559 or email:

Here you can find links to Easy Read versions of some of the College's information resources for patients and carers. Our Easy Reads are aimed at people with intellectual disabilities, and people who have challenges reading information for other reasons.

Leicestershire Partnership Easy Reads

The Royal College of Psychiatrists' Faculty of the Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability and the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust have produced a series of accessible information for people with mental health problems and intellectual disabilities. All these materials have been written and tested with people with intellectual disabilities and their carers.

These leaflets can be easily printed off from this page. The help and support section at the end of each leaflet can be completed by the person being given this information, to include contact details of their GP, Psychiatrist, Community Nurse or any other professional involved in their care.

Further information

Information for the public

  • Books Beyond Words - Series of picture books for use by people with learning disabilities to make communication easier and allow for discussion.

Information for professionals

See also


We are grateful to:

  • Dr Sab Bhaumik (former chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Faculty of Learning Disability)
  • Louise Talbott and Jane Parr (speech and language therapists)
  • Dr Shweta Gangavati, Dr Abdul Shaikh, Dr Avinash Hiremath, Dr Satheesh Gangadhara, Dr Paul Winterbottom and Dr Ray Jacques
  • Members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' user and carer group.

Published: Nov 2015

Review due: Nov 2018

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