Adults with learning disabilities

What is a learning disability?

A learning disability affects someone from when they are born, or develops in childhood. It affects the brain's ability to receive and process information. The term learning disability is used to describe the intellectual and developmental disabilities some people have that affect their ability to be independent.

People with a learning disability find it harder than others to learn, understand and communicate. People with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) need help with all aspects of their lives - including eating, drinking, washing, dressing and toileting.

A learning disability cannot be cured or fixed; it is a lifelong condition. With the appropriate support people with learning disabilities lead their own lives in the way that they chose. Living independently, keeping safe, working, studying and making their own decisions.