Intellectual Disabilities

What is an Intellectual Disability (ID) ?

The World Health Organisation defines an Intellectual disability as a significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information and to learn and apply new skills (impaired intelligence). This results in a reduced ability to cope independently (impaired social functioning), and begins before adulthood, with a lasting effect on development.

People with an intellectual disability are capable of taking part in all aspects of daily life but may require more support than others when learning or performing a task e.g. learning to communicate, participate, speak, walk, and take care of their personal and emotional needs.