To make the school a happy and inclusive experience for everyone

To read on Mencap website:

Note: Learning disability in UK is the same thing than intellectual disability elsewhere.

Your first day at school – Monday

Everyone remembers the nerves and excitement of their first day at school, but for children with a learning disability it can be even more daunting.

You might need extra support from teaching staff, or find it more difficult to make friends. Often, you will need more time than your classmates to learn new things.

We want school to be a happy and inclusive experience for everyone.

Get involved

  • Tell us about your first day at school; what was it like, how excited or nervous were you, what made it special? Every story you share with us is proof that all of us can have the same remarkable firsts throughout our lives, and that it’s our experiences that define us, rather than our disability.
  • Show your support on social media by taking our Twibbon
  • Share your story with us by using the hashtag #LDWeek14

Caroline’s story – my son’s first game of football

First time experiences at school aren’t just limited to the classroom. Sometimes the most exciting things happen on the sports field. In her blog, Caroline White writes about her son Sebastian’s first game of football.

James’ first day at school

Jane’s son James was born 15 weeks early and spent four months in hospital fighting for his life. He is now 14 and has severe physical and learning disabilities. James is “clever, funny and living a happy and fulfilled life”. In her blog, she writes about James’ first time at school.

My first day at school – Leroy’s story

Leroy is a campaigns assistant at Mencap. In his story he talks about his positive experiences at school and why more people need to receive the support that he had

My first day at school – Olivia’s story

Helen is the mother of Olivia, and was told that her daughter would never speak. So when she heard Olivia say ‘mummy’ for the first time, it was an extra special moment. Here she writes about Olivia’s first day at school.

Vicky’s story – my first day at school

Vicky is a Young Ambassador at Mencap and was in a mainstream school until the age of 11. In her story she remembers being a popular kid who was always smiling, but she wasn’t so fond of school dinners.

Special Educational Needs resources

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