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According to Mencap, a learning disability is “a reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities which affects someone for their whole life.” Typically, it can take a person with a learning disability longer to learn new things and they may need extra help to develop new skills or interact with others. Around 1.5 million people in the UK have a learning disability and 351,000 of these are children aged between 0-17. There are different conditions that make a person more likely to have a learning disability. The majority of people with Down’s Syndrome and Williams Syndrome will more than likely have some level of learning disability. About half of people with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome will have a form of learning disability. Different types of learning disability exist, with some people presenting with only mild symptoms which makes it slightly more difficult to diagnose. Other people may have moderate or even severe learning disabilities and these people may need significantly more help, including with personal care, mobility and communication. Learning disabilities often get confused with learning difficulties, which umbrella conditions such as ADHD and dyslexia however it is possible for a person to have both a learning disability and a learning difficulty.
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