Learning disability is caused by the way the brain develops. There are many different types and most develop before a baby is born, during birth or because of a serious illness in early childhood.
A learning disability is lifelong and usually has a significant impact on a person’s life. People with a learning disability find it harder than others to learn, understand and communicate.
Learning Disability is not mental illness or dyslexia. Autism is not a learning disability, but research suggests that around half of people with autism may also have a learning disability.
People with profound and multiple learning disabilities need full-time help with every aspect of their lives – including eating, drinking, washing, dressing and toileting.
With the right support a person with a learning disability can make choices about how they want to live and live that life independently.
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