What is a learning disability?

The answer is that it's different for every person who has one. But there are some things that are true for everyone with a learning disability, and some common (and not so common) conditions that will mean you have a learning disability.

Our no-nonsense information and resources will help you get to grips with learning disability.

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Learning disability - research and statistics

There are 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Read the latest research and statistics on a range of issues affecting people with a learning disability, from health and social care to finding work and friendships.

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Conditions associated with learning disability

As well as having a learning disability, a lot of people have other physical or emotional conditions, and may receive more than one diagnosis. This could have an impact on the kind of support they and their families need in their day-to-day life. You can find out more about some of the conditions that are closely associated with learning disability below.

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Donate to Mencap

There are currently 118,500 children in the UK with a learning disability. Without the right support from the start, many of these children will face an extremely challenging future.

By donating to Mencap you will directly be helping people with a learning disability develop skills and gain confidence to live a fulfilling and active life.

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Join FamilyHub!

To celebrate our 70th birthday, and in honour of Judy Fryd's work, we've launched a new online community for parents of children with a learning disability. Parents, like Judy, who are seeking advice and support from others like them.

FamilyHub is a community to share your experiences, triumphs and challenges.

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