Health

Apr 21, 2024

We believe in the right of people with a learning disability, autism and other support needs to have their health needs met.

A significant body of evidence indicates that people with a learning disability have poorer physical and mental health than people without a learning disability.[1] In addition to health inequalities, research has also highlighted higher levels of premature death compared with the general population.[2]

 

[1] MENCAP website.  Learning Disability – Health Inequalities Research | Mencap

[2] Michael McVeigh. Learning disability in Northern Ireland: Where are we now? (August 2017) Article on Learning disability in Northern Ireland: Where are we now? – Research Matters (assemblyresearchmatters.org) (Accessed 6/6/23)

 

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