A learning disability is a life-long condition caused by something impacting the brain’s development before, during or shortly after birth.
This means that learning new skills and carrying out everyday tasks can be more difficult.
Learning disabilities are often described as mild, moderate, severe or profound. Someone with a mild learning disability might live independently and need occasional help with things like organising their bills. People with a severe or profound learning disability may need round-the-clock support from one or more people, with everything from personal hygiene to eating well.
There are many different kinds of learning disability; you can find out more about some of them below.