People with intellectual disabilities (ID)
An intellectual disability (ID) is also known as a learning disability (LD) or cognitive disability.
People with intellectual disabilities tend to refer to themselves as having learning disabilities.
We use the term intellectual disability in this website because it is recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and increasingly used in discussions of accessibility.
An intellectual disability, or learning disability, is a mental impairment which is present from birth or acquired early in life. This results in a low IQ. This is a very simple definition.
It is more helpful understand that people with intellectual disabilities can be very different from each other.
People with intellectual disabilities might
have problems reading and writing
have problems using money
need the help of others to do ordinary things
find it difficult to talk and communicate
find it difficult to control or understand their feelings or behaviour
have other physical disabilities as well
Involving people with intellectual disabilities
Understanding intellectual disability