Some factors affecting communication include individual characteristics and functional limitations. Differences in the ability to learn also affects communication.
Some individual characteristics that can affect communication are certain disabilities, listening skills, and awareness. Functional limitation is the ability of each person to interact on different levels. For instance, a person with a disability may not be able to comprehend certain things that will, in turn, affect the communication process. Differences in learning also plays a large part in communication as some people have an easier time understanding certain words, languages, or subjects. For example, a person educated in engineering will easily understand conversations centered around the subject while someone without this knowledge will not know how to communicate with others about it.