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Learning disability

A learning disability affects the way a person learns new things in any area of life. It affects the way they understand information, and how they communicate with others. This means they can have difficulty:

  • understanding new or complex information
  • learning new skills
  • coping independently

A person with some form of learning disability will know that everyday activities like work, education, and jobs around the house can be a challenge. The person may experience prejudice from other people who don't understand about learning disabilities, or feel lonely because they don't have anyone to talk to about how they are feeling. 

This section describes different types of learning disability, and provides information on support in the local area. You can also find out about council assessments, education, and activities.  

If you look after someone with a learning disability then you may want to read our section about Looking after Someone.

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