What is an Intellectual Disability?

Approximately 3% of the Australian population have some sort of intellectual disability and may require support with daily living activities, according the NSW council for Intellectual Disability.

A person with an intellectual disability may have difficulties with adaptive skills such as following and understanding directions and understanding abstract concepts. In practical terms, having an intellectual disability may mean:

  • The need for support (either short term or life-long) with some daily living tasks such as financial management, meal planning, accessing public transport or self care
  • Some difficulties with learning new information and understanding complex instructions.
  • Some difficulties expressing and understanding language.

A person with an intellectual disability will have individual needs, just like everyone else. It is important to consult directly with the individual, and possibly their advocate, to determine the level of assistance and modifications needed.