Lambeth Mencap uses the term ‘learning disability’ so as not to be confused with the term ‘learning difficulty’ which often refers to specific difficulties like dyslexia and dyspraxia.

Having a learning disability means a person has a reduced intellectual capability and difficulty with everyday activities.  It is a lifelong condition.  It affects a person’s ability to learn new skills and to understand new or complex information. The level of and effect of a learning disability varies from person to person and it can effect someone in a variety of ways. Some people may need full time care and support with every aspect of their life whereas others lead quite independent lives.  

People with learning disabilities are more likely to be affected by other conditions like autism, epilepsy or have mental health issues.