University College London | November 2018 |Are we failing people with learning disabilities?
A new report published by UCL’s Institute of Health Equity (IHE) highlights that 40 per cent of children with a learning disability remain undiagnosed and that adults with learning disabilities will die 15-20 years earlier (on average) than the general population which is 1,200 premature deaths each year.
Responding to the findings Sir Michael Marmot , director of IHE said:
“This is a direct result of a political choice that destines this vulnerable group to experience some of the worst of what society has to offer: low incomes, no work, poor housing, social isolation and loneliness, bullying and abuse.
“A staggering 40% of people with learning difficulties aren’t even diagnosed in childhood. This is an avoidable sign of a society failing to be fair and supportive to its most vulnerable members. We need to change this. The time to act is now.”
The IHE makes a number of actions and 11 recommendations to improve life expectancy for people with disabilities. (Source: UCL)
Read the IHE paper
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