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Why do so many people think intellectual disabilities and learning disabilities are the same thing?

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago
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    Here in the UK, intellectual disabilities and learning disabilities mean the same as the now defunct term mentally handicapped; they are the same thing. Neurodevelopmental disorders such as dyslexia and dyscalculia are known as specific learning difficulties, not learning disabilities.

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  • Judith
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Perhaps because they are. What most people confuse are learning/intellectual disabilities with emotional/mental (e.g. depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia etc) disabilities.

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    It’s ignorance and also I notice a lot of people use learning disability and disability interchangeable in a school setting. It’s a problem for tutors and baby sitters because they think they are taking on a child with something like dyslexia and then they turn out to either be severely autistic or have an iq of 60. It’s possible to be comfortable handling learning disabled children but not severely disabled children.

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  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    rnaybe cause theyre a lot alike

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  • 8 months ago

    they are in the UK, but not based on the US definition.

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    They didn't take that one class explaining the differences between the two.

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