Dignity in healthcare for people with learning disabilities
Lynne Pearce Freelance health writer
According to the British Institute of Learning Disabilities, an estimated 2% of the population in England has a learning disability. The charity Mencap defines learning disability as reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities. While always lifelong, learning disabilities may be mild, moderate or severe, but given the right level of support for their needs, most people are able to lead an independent life. However, people with a learning disability are likely to have worse physical and mental health than those without, says Mencap. They also have increased health needs compared with the wider population.
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