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Lower life expectancy for children with learning disabilities

The Institute of Health Inequalities has published a report suggesting that children with learning disabilities will on average die 15 to 20 years earlier than those without disabilities. The study suggests that this is due to social problems such as low incomes, poor housing, abuse and loneliness, and it highlights the large number of young people with learning disabilities in custody. The report sets out a number of recommendations focusing on the ‘social determinants of health’ to improve life expectancy for people with learning disabilities.

Date added: 5 November 2018