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In line with Government advice, most groups and organisations in the city have had to take the unfortunate decision to suspend face to face and group work activities. Please telephone or email the contacts listed for the group or organisation if you are interested in their work to check what alternative arrangements might be available or to find out about alternative groups or services in your area.

We provide specialist services for people with learning disabilities and autism.

ARK has been instrumental in improving conditions for people with learning disabilities in Scotland since it was founded in 1977.

We continue to provide care and support with the best interests of our service users and their families as our main priority.

What do we mean by ‘Learning Disability?’

ARK's values are firmly based in human rights and treating everyone we meet as an equally valuable member of society.

“People with learning disabilities have a significant, lifelong, condition that started before adulthood, which affected their development and which means they need help to understand information, learn skills, and cope independently. But this is only part of a description. It does not capture the whole person who can be much more – a friend, a family member, a community activist, a student, a parent, an employee or employer to name just a few roles. It is essential that we keep in mind all of these possibilities.”

How many people with Learning Disabilities are there in Scotland?

As of 2013, 26,355 adults with learning disabilities (requiring support) were known to local authorities in Scotland as well as about 16,000 school aged children and young people - according to the most recent survey by Learning Disability Statistics Scotland.

We offer care and support services to people wherever they live, either in the home they own or in rented or shared accommodation.

We specialise in supporting adults over the age of 16 who have complex and significant care requirements. These are mainly, but not exclusively, people with learning difficulties who may have autism, early onset dementia, Prader Willi syndrome, other physical or medical conditions or who are placed on a statutory order.

We have the ability to create the ‘whole’ person centred solution by developing specifically designed housing to better meet their needs.

Tailored Housing

ARK has a number of properties that have been tailored to the specific needs of our tenants. These include new builds and adaptations of existing properties.

Specialised Accommodation

ARK are very committed to respecting the need for specialised accommodation to meet the individual needs of people with autism.

We have properties at

- Southhouse Broadway, Edinburgh
- Hoseason Gardens, Edinburgh

Flats for people with autistic spectrum disorder in Southhouse, Edinburgh

In 2013 ARK built a brand new home for people with autistic spectrum disorder in Southhouse, Edinburgh.

The flats accommodate four people and are specially designed to ensure that our tenants have their specific housing needs met.

Therapeutic Care and Sensory Garden, Southhouse, Edinburgh

The staff team at Southouse provides holistic care and support for eight adults with complex learning disabilities and associated conditions. They work within an ethos of providing a therapeutic style of care. This approach has proved highly beneficial, especially in terms of managing epilepsy, autism and mobility issues.

If you have any questions you would like to ask, or would like to discuss how we can help you or someone you care for, please contact us.
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The Priory, Canaan Lane, Morningside
EH10 4SG

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Contact Telephone: 0131 447 9027
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This record was last modified on: 27 July 2019