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learning disability

Any of various neurodevelopmental disorders that affect the ability to process information and may impede academic learning, especially in the areas of language, mathematics, and reasoning. Also called learning disorder.

learn′ing disabil`ity

any of several conditions characterized in school-aged children by difficulty in accomplishing specific tasks, esp. reading and writing, and associated with impaired development of a part of the central nervous system.
learn′ing-dis•a`bled, adj.

learn·ing disability

Any of various disorders of attention, memory, or reasoning that interfere with the ability to learn.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.learning disability - a disorder found in children of normal intelligence who have difficulties in learning specific skills
disorder, upset - a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning; "the doctor prescribed some medicine for the disorder"; "everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time"
dyscalculia - impaired ability to learn grade-appropriate mathematics
dysgraphia - impaired ability to learn to write
dyslexia - impaired ability to learn to read
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With this data in mind from Public Health England, staff at Northumbria University are working with people with a learning disability and local organisations to help promote employment opportunities for people with learning difficulties across the region.
The family said: "Thanks to fundraising we have been able to create and provide more than 1,200 learning disability logo packs for every ward and department in every hospital in Wales for medical staff to use with patients.
But accessing a sight test in special school, or through a dedicated learning disability scheme, continues to be a postcode lottery.
The dummy codes included learning disability (LD; 1 = yes, 0 = no) and special education other than LD (Sped_other; 1 = yes, 0 = no).
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, a provider of mental health and disability services, has signed up to an initiative to develop the skills and experiences of people with a learning disability through paid work.
Therefore South Tees CCG is committed to achieving ongoing improvements in the quality and uptake of annual health checks for individuals with a learning disability.
Therefore, numerous definitions for learning disabilities are presented, among which the most commonly used definition is the one presented by the United States Department of Education noted that learning disability is a disability in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding and using spoken or written language which may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or do mathematical calculations.
Poorer health outcomes Only 24 per cent of people with a learning disability are in residential care, hence the majority continue to live either independently or with family.
The guitarist, whose cousin, Ciara Lawrence, has a learning disability, said: "I've seen first-hand all of the challenges that Ciara has faced.
In British Columbia it is estimated that three percent of students have a learning disability (Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities: A Guide for Teachers, Sept 2011, BC Ministry of Education).
An entire section offers coping tips for parents and for adolescents, young adults, and adults with a learning disability.

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