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Some facts for journalists

Some facts for journalists

ENABLE Scotland supports children and adults who have learning disabilities to live, work and take part in their communities

  • There are around 120,000 people who have learning disabilities in Scotland

  • Learning disability used to be known as "mental handicap", but most people who have learning disabilities prefer not to use that term now.

  • The best known form of learning disability is Down's Syndrome, but there are many others. People who have learning disabilities have not always been diagnosed with a medical condition.

  • People who have learning disabilities may take longer to learn than other people. This can include adapting to new situations, as well as learning how to do things.

  • Learning disability cannot be cured. It is not an illness. We prefer not to say that people "suffer from" a learning disability; it should not be a barrier to living a full and dignified life.

  • We believe that people who have learning disabilities should have the same rights as other people to work, to have relationships and familes and to make friends.
Given the right support, people who have learning disabilities can achieve the same as anyone else.

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