What is a Learning Disability?

This page tells people what a learning disability is

Sutton Mencap wants all people with a learning disability to enjoy life

Sutton Mencap treats people with a learning disability as individuals

Mencap defines a learning disability as “a reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities – for example household tasks, socialising or managing money – which affects someone for their whole life.”

 The level of support someone needs will depend on individual factors, including the severity of their learning disability.  For example, someone with a mild learning disability may only need support with things like getting a job. However, someone with a severe or profound learning disability may need full-time care and support with every aspect of their life – they may also have physical disabilities.

 Sutton Mencap’s vision is that all people with a learning disability should be able to lead fulfilling lives and achieve their aspirations and potential.

 We recognise that all people with a learning disability are individuals with their own personalities, likes and dislikes, goals and ambitions.  With the right support, people with a learning disability can lead full and rewarding lives.

 For more information on learning disability visit https://www.mencap.org.uk/learning-disability-explained