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Social Determinantsof HealthAn Interdisciplinary Approach to Social Inequality and Wellbeing$
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Adrian Bonner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447336846

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447336846.001.0001

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Support for people with learning disabilities: promoting an inclusive community

Support for people with learning disabilities: promoting an inclusive community

(p.135) Ten Support for people with learning disabilities: promoting an inclusive community
Social Determinantsof Health

Barbara McIntosh

Policy Press

This chapter considers inclusive communities as a form of support for people with learning disabilities (LDs). There are one-and-a-half million people with LDs in the UK. Many of these people believe that a gap exists between UK policy and reality, made worse by recent cuts in public spending. Nevertheless, there has been progress in this area. The chapter first explains what a learning disability is and how it presents before providing a brief historical background on UK government policies aimed at protecting and promoting the rights of people with LDs. It then discusses some of the major challenges involved in providing care and support for people with LDs, focusing on issues relating to health inequalities, employment, mental health, improving decision-making by people with LDs, housing, and financial constraint. The chapter concludes with an assessment of future prospects for services for people with LDs.

Keywords:   inclusive communities, learning disabilities, health inequalities, employment, mental health, decision-making, housing, financial constraint

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