Ideas That Bend: Caring For People With Profound Learning Disablities


“Through involvement in art we make connections between people, their experiences and our community - we value people for who they are and celebrate diversity.”

- Artlink

People with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) are often defined by what they can’t do, their medical conditions, and personal care needs. Often, little is known about what they actually need to live a better quality of life. Building appropriate care packages of long term relevance can be challenging for care professionals.

Given the exceptional health and social care needs of people with PMLD, different approaches are often needed, ones that also support health and social care policy while raising workforce motivation, confidence and competences.

This project used the arts process as a tool to support greater interaction, understanding of, and shared learning with, individuals with PMLD.

  • What was the approach?
  • What was the impact?
  • What was the learning?
  • What are the next steps?

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