What is a learning disability?

A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability which can cause problems with everyday tasks – for example shopping and cooking, or travelling to new places  – which affects someone for their whole life. 

People with a learning disability can take longer to learn new things and may need support to develop new skills, understand difficult information and engage with other people. The level of support someone needs is different with every individual. For example, someone with a severe learning disability need much more support with daily tasks than someone with a mild learning disability. 

Learning disability is NOT a mental illness or a learning difficulty.