Eligibility criteria

The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund uses the term “learning disabilities” to mean “intellectual disabilities”*

  • Learning disabilities may or may not also have a recognised cause, e.g. Down syndrome, Williams syndrome.
  • Children, young people, and adults with learning disabilities may or may not also have other physical and mental health conditions, disabilities, and/or impairments.

We assume applications for the following groups of people do not include people with learning disabilities, and are therefore outwith the Fund's remit, unless the approximate proportion or number who additionally have learning disabilities (i.e. intellectual disabilities) in the service/proposed study is explicitly stated**:

  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Learning difficulties
  • Developmental disorders
  • Additional support needs
  • Special educational needs
  • Autism/autism spectrum disorders/Asperger syndrome
  • Specific language disorders
  • Specific motor disorders
  • Head injury in adulthood
  • Stroke in adulthood
  • Alzheimer disease or other dementias in adulthood

Many of these conditions impair learning, and/or are disabling, but that is not the same as having “learning disabilities” (i.e. intellectual disabilities), within the Baily Thomas Charitable Fund meaning of learning disabilities.

*With onset during or before childhood/adolescence.
**As, typically, only a minority of people with these conditions also has intellectual disabilities.