About learning disabilities
A learning disability is defined as a significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information or skills, which affects someone for their whole life
For people with a learning disability, everyday activities can be difficult and they may need support to understand information or interact with others.
The level of support someone needs depends on individual factors, including the type and severity of their learning disability.
A learning disability is caused by the way the brain develops, often before a baby is born, during birth or because of a serious illness in early childhood. However, sometimes the cause of learning disabilities can't be found.
Individuals with learning disabilities have dreams and aspirations just like anyone else. At Leeds Mencap we work to ensure that people with learning disabilities, their parents and carers have access to relevant support and services to help them get what they want out of life. Find out how we do this in the brochure below.
Helpful links to learn more about learning disabilities
- Mencap (Leeds Mencap is independent from Mencap)
- Down's Syndrome Association
- Contact a Family for families with disabled children
- SWAN UK (Syndromes Without A Name)
- Epilepsy Action