Facts about Learning Disability

Some Facts about Learning Disability

Less than 1 in 5 people with a learning disability work, but we know that at least 65% of people with a learning disability want to work. Of those people with a learning disability that do work, most only work part time and are low paid.
– Just 1 in 3 people with a learning disability take part in some form of education or training.
– Children with a learning disability are often socially excluded. 8 out of 10 children with a learning disability are bullied.
– 1 in 2 families with a disabled child live in poverty.
– At least half of all adults with a learning disability live in the family home. This means they fail to gain independence, learn key skills and make choices about their own lives.
– 58,000 people with a learning disability are supported by day care services
– People with a learning disability are 58 times more likely to die aged under 50 than other people.
– 75% of GPs have received no training to help them treat people with a learning disability
– Less than a third of people with a learning disability have some choice of who they live with, and less than half have some choice over where they live
– 7 out of 10 families caring for someone with profound and multiple learning disabilities have reached or come close to breaking point because of a lack of short break services
– 29,000 adults with a learning disability live with parents aged 70 or over. Many parents are too old or frail to continue in their caring role. In only 1 in 4 of these cases have local authorities planned alternative housing.