What is a Learning Disability?

A learning disability, also referred to as an 'intellectual disability', is a lifelong condition that means people may need support to:-

  • understand new information
  • learn new skills
  • cope independently       

It is important to remember that everyone with a learning disability is an individual. but different people will have different areas of life that they need support with.

A learning disability isn't the same as a learning difficulty. In the UK the term learning difficulty includes people who have specific learning difficulties e.g. dyslexia, but who do not have a significant general impairment in intellectual functioning.

BILD Learning disabilities