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Profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD)

Over the last ten years, education providers have experienced an increase in numbers of young people who have a range of complex medical and health conditions along with severe and profound learning difficulties. This change reflects the small but growing number of young people with PMLD who are completing their school education and, like their peers, making a transition into further education. Much of the increased demand for PMLD provision has been focused on general Further Education Colleges while numbers of PMLD students at specialist college, both day and residential have remained steady.

Children and adults with PMLD have more than one disability the most significant of which is a profound intellectual disability. These individuals all have great difficulty communicating, often requiring those who know them well to interpret their responses and intent. They frequently have other , additional , disabling conditions.

Core and Essential Service Standards