Learning Disabilities in Adults

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Learning disability is a term used to encompass many challenges a person might face. Broadly, learning disabilities are classed as affecting the way a person understands and communicates information.

Around 1.5 million people in the UK have a learning disability, 350,000 of which are classed as having a ‘severe learning disability’.

Learning Disabilities in Adults

Some adults with learning disabilities will be able to talk easily and live independent lives, whilst others may need help in these areas.

Some disabilities are often diagnosed soon after a person is born, and are lifelong conditions. However, in mild cases, learning disabilities may not be diagnosed until later on in life.

Sometimes referred to as ‘learning and thinking differences’ learning disabilities do not typically lessen with age.

Some of the symptoms of learning disabilities that may be most apparent in adulthood are:

  • Trouble with reading and writing.
  • Often loosing track of things.
  • Trouble with maths or simple numerical tasks.
  • Difficulties with focus and organisation
  • Difficulty with social interaction.


Learning disabilities in adults can often become most apparent because of another family member’s diagnosis.

Disabilities such as this often run in families, presenting in the children or younger family members of adults. While some symptoms may be different, you may well notice a familiarity with the challenges of those around you diagnosed with learning challenges.

Success with a Learning Disability

Being diagnosed with a learning disability does not mean a person cannot ever be successful in their schooling or working life. Instead, it can simply be an indicator that an adapted learning plan might be necessary.

Most often, helping those with a learning disability succeed is simply a case of repetition and understanding that progress may be slow. This is true for adults and children alike, and is important to remember when embarking on an academic journey.

It’s important to remember that success looks different for everyone. The success of those who find learning and communication difficulties may take longer to achieve, but that might just make achieving goals even more rewarding!

Bright Futures Care

At Bright Futures Care, we offer support for young people and adults with learning disabilities, autism, and behaviours that challenge.

From residential care to specialist education, we offer options that help people work towards a successful, independent life.

To find out more about the work we do, contact our friendly team or visit our website today.


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