What is a Learning Disability?

Within Greater Glasgow & Clyde there are approx. 5700 adults with learning disabilities. A learning disability is a significant, lifelong, condition that starts before adulthood. It affects a person’s development and means they need help to:

• Understand information
• Learn skills
• Cope independently

Learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, ADHD, dyspraxia and speech & language difficulties are not defined as a learning disability due to the specific nature of their developmental delay. 


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