• A learning disability is caused by the way the brain develops before, during or shortly after birth. It is always lifelong.
  • A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability.
  • People with learning disabilities need support to develop new skills, understand complex information, and interact with others.
  • Someone with a learning disability may also have physical disabilities. They may have complex needs and require high levels of support.
  • Learning disability is often confused with mental health problems.These can affect anyone at any time and may be overcome with treatment; this is not true of a learning disability.