Adult Learning Disability

A learning disability can affect someone’s life in many ways, causing difficulties in learning, communicating and doing everyday things. There are approximately 2,200 people with a learning disability on an informal register in Western Trust.

People with a learning disability are more likely to have a shorter life expectancy.  Many of the illnesses people with a learning disability die from can be prevented (Confidential Inquiry Report, 2013).

Health inequalities

Evidence shows that reasons for health inequalities within the learning disability population include:

  • Poor nutrition and lack of understanding by family and paid carers about healthy eating
  • Low levels of physical activity and high levels of sedentary (sitting) behaviour
  • limited knowledge about forming appropriate relationships, intimacy and sexual health (i.e. contraception)

The Western Trust are working to improve the health and wellbeing of the learning disability population with particular focus on healthy eating, physical activity and mental health.

Useful Links

The Health Improvement Department provide a range of free information leaflets and training opportunities.

To view our catalogue of resources click here.

To view our Training Brochure for activites click here.