Report highlights impact of COVID-19 on people with learning disabilities and need for new models of service provision

Children and adults with learning disabilities form around 1% of the population, that’s 18,000 people in Northern Ireland. Their need for additional health, social care and educational support is well recognised with 6-7% of the Department of Health’s budget spent on learning disability services. 

The research was led by Professor Laurence Taggart and undertaken as part of a Medical Research Council funded research project to hear how adult persons with learning disabilities in the four UK nations had been affected by COVID-19. Ulster University were part of a consortium of 22 researchers across the UK and worked closely with local organisations to seek the views of adults with learning disabilities and their carers.

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