What is learning disability?
Learning disability is the current term for what is still often known as mental handicap. It implies a level of intelligence significantly below the normal range, with associated poor social skills.
In most cases, the condition is present from birth, although it is not always immediately recognised. In some cases, it results from illnesses or injuries suffered during childhood.
There are over 1 million people with some degree of learning disability, and perhaps 160,000 adults and children in England with severe learning disability.
The problem will not be identified by 7 (Intelligence Quotient) tests alone; but those with an IQ of less than 65 will usually be considered to have a learning disability. Continue reading