An exciting opportunity for people aged 18 to 35 years who have a learning disability and all who support in a personal or professional capacity.

The first phase of the accessible and engaging toolkit that will empower people with a learning disability to make choices about where and how they live is ready for trials.

We are looking for people who would like to get involved and give it a go and give us feedback.

We want to prove that the toolkit is hugely helpful so we can take our first steps towards our vision of a country where people with learning disabilities have choice about where and how they live.

We invite you to join us on the journey by contacting us at:

The charity that empowers young people with learning disabilities to choose where and how they live.

Everyone seems to agree that adults with learning disabilities should have choice and control over their lives.

We know that this is often not the case. We aim to provide resources and support to educate young adults and their support networks about future living options. We strive for positive social change so that choice and control become a reality.

We invite you to be part of the story – let’s work together to make this happen.

Who are we?

We are a new charity that has been created by families and experts who have direct experience of supporting and guiding young adults to make choices about where and how they live. Together we promote the vision of a country where adults with learning disabilities have real choice about where and how they live.

Our first steps will be to provide an interactive and accessible platform that will enable young adults with learning disabilities to self-discover their ambitions with regards to where and how they live and ­provide easy to use signposting, advice and suggestions about the options. Find out more.

We will have the opportunity to create an information bank of the needs and wishes of young adults with learning disabilities expressed by themselves. The data will arm us with a good understanding of actual needs and how people want to live, which could be of great value to those involved with the provision of services and care for young adults with learning disabilities. If you think can help us, follow this link.

Did you know…

We believe for every young person we help, at least three other people will positively benefit. Just imagine the impact!

All young people should have the opportunity and support to explore and review where and how they live… the outcome may be to live with friends, live with family or live alone… understanding, choice and voice are what matters.

Louise Keevil – Trustee and Acting CEO, Where I want to Live

I just want him to be able to live as independently as possible, and to be safe, and to have people who will look after him and love him. And that’s my biggest worry: what will happen when we’ve gone. It’s the thing that worries me more than anything.

Parent of a child with Speech, Language and Communication Needs.

Most adults with a learning disability want to live independently in the community. 1

40% want to live by themselves

30% want to live with friends

Statistics suggest that people whose first language is not English find it difficult to access services. For example, there are considerably fewer pupils of Asian ethnicity with an EHC plan in UK schools and colleges. 2

29,000 adults with a learning disability live with parents aged 70 or over, many of whom are too old or frail to continue their caring role. 3

Rhys was desperate to do what his siblings had done. Move into a house with friends and become more independent!

There are 325,000 pupils with an Education and Health Care plan in England.
Over the next 18 years, Where I Want to Live will be able to offer guidance to empower each of them to make choices about their adult lives. 4

100+

HOURS A WEEK

1.4% of 6,160 surveyed family carers of an adult with learning disabilities spend 100+ hours a week caring for that person. 5

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We are in the early days – you could say we are ‘just getting off the ground’

We will keep you up to date as we progress watch this space

Sources:

1 MENCAP  2016 ‘Housing- what we think’

2 Department for Education – Special educational needs in England, January 2019

3 Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

Department for Education – Special educational needs in England: January 2021

5 Improving Health and Lives: Learning Disabilities Observatory-People with Learning Disabilities in England, 2015