Learning difficulty or Learning disability?
There is no single interpretation or consensual definition of the terms 'learning difficulty' and 'learning disability'.
Different organisations and local authorities appear to have adopted their own definition of the term.
This is the Salvesen Mindroom Centre's version
Difficulty = obstacle
Disability = something that incapacitates
Any learning or emotional problem that affects, or substantially affects, a person’s ability to learn, get along with others and follow convention.
A significant, lifelong condition that starts before adulthood, affects development and leads to help being required to:
- Understand information
- Learn skills
- Cope independently
The NHS definition of a learning disability implies an IQ below 70.
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