What is a learning disability?
People with a learning disability find it harder than others to learn, understand or communicate. There are many different types of learning disability. They can be mild, moderate or severe. Some people with a mild learning disability do not need a lot of support in their lives. But other people may need support with all sorts of things, like getting dressed, going shopping, or filling out forms.
People who have a severe, or profound, learning disability and a physical disability may need a lot of support 24 hours a day.This is known as profound and multiple learning disability (PMLD).
Many people with a learning disability live independent lives. It is important to understand that people with a learning disability are individuals with their own personalities, likes and dislikes, goals and ambitions. A learning disability does not prevent someone from learning and achieving a lot in life, given the right support.