Learning Disabilities 14 – 25
What a learning disability is
A learning disability affects the way a person learns new things throughout their life.
A learning disability is different for everyone. No two people are the same.
A person with a learning disability might have some difficulty:
- understanding complicated information
- learning some skills
- looking after themselves or living alone
The degree of disability can vary greatly, being classified as mild, moderate, severe or profound. In all cases, a learning disability is a lifelong condition.
A learning disability is different to a learning difficulty, which includes conditions such as dyslexia (reading), dyspraxia (affecting physical co-ordination) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A person with a learning disability may also have one or more learning difficulties.
Additionally, there are a number of conditions and neurological disorders that often involve or cause some type of learning disability, including Down’s syndrome, autism, meningitis, epilepsy or cerebral palsy.
A learning disability is not a physical disability.
The NHS website has more information about Learning Disabilities: Learning disabilities - NHS (www.nhs.uk)