Learning disabilities and intellectual impairments

Last updated: 06 Sep 2017 Topics: Deaf and disabled children Involving children and young people

This factsheet outlines what a learning disability or intellectual impairment is and how this affects the individual when processing and making sense of information.

People with an intellectual impairment have more difficulty than their peers in learning and may need support to develop new skills, understand complex information, and interact with other people. 

Accommodating learning disabilities and intellectual impairments

Consider the level of support needed for each child with their learning disability or intellectual impairment, and any safeguards that need to be put in place to enable the young athlete to participate fully in activities. 

We should not make judgements or assumptions about any individual (including their abilities, interests or suppots needs) described as having a learning or intellectual impairment. Every person is an individual and the impact and implicions of their condition will be unique to them.

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