Learning disability is defined as the presence of a significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information, impaired intelligence, impaired social functioning, and has a lasting effect on development. It is difficult to provide an exact figure for learning disabilities for various reasons. The most significant of these are that the social construction of underlying concepts has changed over time, there is a wide spectrum of disorder, definitions are not standardised, and service utilisation research methodologies are common and so limit the population studied to those in touch with services.
People with a learning disability tend to have poorer health and often die younger than those who do not. This is a health inequality, since people with a learning disability should not have worse health than other people.
The following estimates are for 2017 and are from the Projecting Adult Needs and Service Information (PANSI) website. Further details are available in the data section below:
Our 2012 analysis of learning disabilities in adults in Lancashire-14 and their health needs provided strong evidence that there continues to be a poor health experience and early mortality of people with learning disabilities and autism. The key points were as follows.
There is also a technical document to support this thematic JSNA, containing all the detailed analysis. If you require a copy of either document, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning disabilities in Lancashire-14 2017 to 2035 (XLSX 44 KB)
Page updated October 2017