Special Needs Definition:

For the purpose of clarifying the terminology used on this web site, and throughout the work of The Vital Foundation, the title ‘Special Needs Child’ or ‘Child with Special Needs’ is defined as follows:

Individuals who require assistance for disabilities that may be medical, mental, or psychological. For instance, people with autism, cerebral palsy, dyslexia, down syndrome, deafness, cystic fibrosis, blindness or other challenges that lead to a learning disability. 

Having a learning disability is not indicative of intelligence level. Rather, people with a learning disability have trouble performing specific types of skills or completing tasks if left to figure things out by themselves or if taught in conventional ways. A learning disability generally cannot be cured or fixed.

Individuals with learning disabilities can face unique challenges that are often pervasive throughout the lifespan. But with the right support and intervention, people with learning disabilities can succeed in school and go on to be successful later in life.