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What is a learning disability?

Girl with a learning disability

A learning disability affects the way someone learns, communicates or does some everyday things. Someone has a learning disability all through their life.

There are many different types of learning disability. They can be mild, moderate or severe.

Some people with a mild learning disability do not need a lot of support in their lives. But other people may need support with all sorts of things, like getting dressed, going shopping, or filling out forms.

Some people with a learning disability also have a physical
disability. This can mean they need a lot of support 24 hours a day. This is known as profound and multiple learning disability (PMLD).

A learning disability does not stop someone from learning
and achieving a lot in life, if they get the right support.

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