It is estimated that about 2% of the UK population have a learning disability. In 2013–14, the number of children and youth ages 3–21 receiving special education services was 6.5 million, or about 13 percent of all public school students.

That may seem like a small number, but in reality, it is difficult to accurately determine a more exact figure because many individuals pass through the education system and much of their working life undiagnosed. They either develop individual strategies to address the challenges that learning disability presents or chalk it up to not being smart. Because Individuals with learning disabilities often have difficulty asking for help with peer-related situations, often lack the social-emotional skills necessary to handle peer pressure, bullying, and reading social cues of others they often suffer in silence.

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Written by Latha Kathirkamathamby