Detailed needs assessments

Learning Disabilities

Learning Disability Needs AssessmentThis (2012) needs assessment provided a chance to build on the evidence gathered for the Opportunity Assessment in 2011 and to make further progress in improving services.

Public Health England have produced a set of Learning Disabilities profiles at a local level along with an interactive data tool which contain the latest Swindon data.

Further research was commissioned into learning disabilities in 2015 and a “Best Start” JSNA examining the needs of children and young people was completed in 2015/16. More recently a Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Needs Assessment was undertaken in 2017.


Adult autism

Autism is known as a spectrum condition, both because of the range of difficulties that affect adults with autism, and the way that these present in different people. Autism is neither a learning disability nor a mental health problem. Those with the condition share three main areas of difficulty, social communication, social interaction and social imagination.

The 2015 Adult Autism JSNA provides evidence to help us understand the picture regarding adult autism in Swindon and made recommendations for work to improve lives of people with autism.


Further resources


JSNA Annual Summary – Learning disabilities

The JSNA Annual Summary contains a section on learning disabilities which can be accessed below. This summary page is only updated in March each year.




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