Adults with Learning Disabilities

Learning disability is ‘a significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information and to learn new skills, with a reduced ability to cope independently, which started before adulthood with a lasting effect on development’. This topic summary explores the issue of the physical health needs only of adults with learning disabilities. These needs may be either similar to people of the same age without learning disabilities, or those affecting people with learning disabilities differently from their peers. These differences can be in terms of incidence or outcome.