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May be diagnosed or not, but implies that the individual learns in a way that may be outside of what is considered the "norm". In many cases, the brain is wired differently. The difference may be language or non-language based. This difference usually has nothing to do with intelligence. Cognitive abilities can range from below average to very superior but a learning disability is categorized by a wide discrepancy between cognitive ability and performance. Depending on the attitude and/or resources of a school, many students with mild to moderate "differences" can thrive in a mainstream setting.