A learning disability affects the way a person learns new things in any area of life, not just at school.
A learning disability affects how a person understands information or how they communicate. Not everybody is the same and each person may be affected differently.
They could struggle:
- Understanding new or complex information
- Learning new skills
- Living independently
Around 1.5 million people in the UK are diagnosed with one, whilst 350,000 have a severe learning disability.
Learning Disabilities are either mild, moderate or severe, some can be diagnosed at birth such as Down’s syndrome and some are diagnosed as the person grows. Profound and multiple learning disability (PMLD) are when a child has more than one disability with the most significant a learning disability.
For more information look at NHS Choices and click on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/learning-disabilities/
Mental Health difficulties
If you are diagnosed with mental health problems you may be needing support to live independently.
You may wish to find out more about your diagnosis and treatment options. To do so visit Mind and click on https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/ or https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/mental-health-problems-introduction/#.WtIYpmepXcs
The physically disabled include the deaf, dumb, blind and orthopaedics. Some of the following links provides insight on support you can receive and details about specific disabilities.
NHS Choices provides information on living with a disability, please visit:
Scope websites provides information on UK disability charity websites, where you can seek information on a large number of disabilities. Click https://www.scope.org.uk/support/families/diagnosis/links
Whilst https://www.gov.uk/browse/disabilities provides details regarding benefit, rights, work, equipment and transport, etc