Learning disabilities - June 2018

Find out about the stigma that some people with learning disabilities face.

 Content Editor

What is a learning disability?
A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities – for example household tasks, socialising or managing money – which affects someone for their whole life.

People with a learning disability tend to take longer to learn and may need support to develop new skills, understand complicated information and interact with other people.

People with a learning disability cope with stigma and discrimination in their everyday lives.

Not being social accepted is a big area of concern for lots of people with a learning disability.

Due to stigma and discrimination, they also face problems in housing, healthcare, schools and various social and institutional spaces.

Almost a million people in the UK have some form of learning disabilities ranging from mild to severe, some people find people with learning disabilties unnerving and this stigma needs to be stamped out!

Below you can watch Alison's short story where she talks about her life with a learning disability and the stigma that she has sometimes faced.