What is a learning disability?

A learning disability is different for everyone. No two people are the same. Challenges faced by people with learning disabilities can vary widely. In all cases a learning disability is lifelong.

A learning disability affects the way a person learns new things throughout their life. Many people who have a learning disability can get qualifications, work, have loving relationships, and live independently. Some people with a learning disability might need more support throughout their life.

Someone with a learning disability can experience barriers to accessing to their human rights
including education, employment, relationships, and family life.

How does a learning disability affect someone?

A person with a learning disability can experience stigma and poor outcomes across a wide range of issues. See the diagram below:

An estimated 125,000 adults in Scotland have a learning disability (with 25,000 known to local authorities).