Learning Disabilities

What is a learning disability?

The term learning disability refers to a group of disorders which affect a broad range of academic and functional skills including the ability to speak, listen,  read, write, spell, reason and organise information.

A 2000 Scottish Executive report provides the following definition for learning disabilities:
“People with learning disabilities have a significant, lifelong condition that started before adulthood, that affected their development and which means they need help to understand information, learn skills and cope independently.   http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2012/05/6945  – (The Same As You?)  June 2000.

Key Facts about Learning Disabilities

  • 120,000 people in Scotland have learning disabilities
  • 20 people in every 1,000 have a mild or moderate learning disability.
  • 3 to 4 people in every 1,000 have a profound or multiple learning disability.

Source: ISD Scotland based on the 2000 report Same as you.