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Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal 14(1), 9-23, 2016 Copyright @ by LDW 2016*Please send correspondence to: Bob Gates, M. Sc., The Institute for Practice, Interdisciplinary Research and Enterprise (INSPIRE), University of West London, A410, St Mary’s Road, Ealing, London, W5 5RF, United Kingdom, Email: [email protected] of the Term “Learning Disabilities” in the United Kingdom: Issues for International Researchers and PractitionersBob Gates Kay MafubaUniversity of West London, UKThis paper presents a background as to use of the term “learning dis-abilities” that is widely used in the United Kingdom (UK). The paper also briefly explores how this usage may differ from that of other coun-tries. To contextualize its use, a brief history of learning disabilities in the UK is outlined alongside diagnostic criteria, and epidemiological and etiological aspects of learning disabilities. These are relevant both to the UK and for international comparison. Finally, the practice of...