Learning disability is not mental illness or dyslexia.

Learning disability is a classification difficulty learning in a typical manner, usually caused by an unknown factor or factors. The including several disorders in which a person has unknown factor is the disorder that affects the brains ability to receive and process information. This disorder can make it problematic for a person to learn as quickly or in the same way as someone who is not affected by a learning disability. People with a learning disability have trouble performing specific types of skills or completing tasks if left to figure things out by themselves or if taught in conventional ways.

A learning disability is caused by the way the brain develops. There are many different types and most develop before a baby is born, during birth or because of a serious illness in early childhood. A learning disability is lifelong and usually has a significant impact on a person's life.

People with a learning disability find it harder than others to learn, understand and communicate. People with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

There are 1.7 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Like all of us, they are individuals who want different things in life and need different levels of support. .

Some forms of learning disability are incurable. However, with appropriate cognitive/academic interventions, many can be overcome. Individuals with learning disabilities can face unique challenges that are often pervasive throughout the lifespan. Depending on the type and severity of the disability, interventions may be used to help the individual learn strategies that will foster future success. Some interventions can be quite simplistic, while others are intricate and complex. Teachers and parents will be a part of the intervention in terms of how they aid the individual in successfully completing different tasks. School psychologists quite often help to design the intervention, and coordinate the execution of the intervention with teachers and parents. Social support can be a crucial component for students with learning disabilities in the school system, and should not be overlooked in the intervention plan. With the right support and intervention, people with learning disabilities can succeed in school and go on to be successful later in life.

The Government is committed to improving the life chances of people with a learning disability. The Department of Health worked with several other Government departments on the White Paper, Valuing people, which was published in 2001 and designed to improve support for people with learning disabilities and their families.

The Department of Health has launched this cross-government strategy which takes account of the responses to the consultation. In particular, this strategy: addresses what people have told us about the support people with learning disabilities and their families need reflects the changing priorities across Government which impact directly on people with learning disabilities sets out the Government’s response to the ten main recommendations in , Health-care for All, the report of the independent enquiry into access to health-care for people with learning disabilities, chaired by Sir Jonathan Michael, provides a further response to the Joint Committee on Human Rights report A Life Like Any Other?