Understanding Intellectual Disability and Health

An understanding of the nature of intellectual disability is essential for health care professionals, who are required to support equal access to their services for all disabled people. This website is an ideal learning resource for medical, nursing and other healthcare students. Everyone working in healthcare will find valuable information here, with contributions from a wide range of authors.

Students’ Contributions. This is a new website section which provides opportunities for contributions prepared by students and others early in their careers. We are encouraging a variety of topics and formats, including dissertations, essays, poster presentations and other material prepared for external events, as well as various kinds of “pre-articles” which could eventually lead to full articles.  Please see https://www.herts.ac.uk/intellectualdisability/students-contributions

A study by Public Health England found that that the death rate from coronavirus for people with intellectual disabilities in England was up to six times higher than the general population during the first wave of the pandemic (March – June 2020).  Please see https://www.gov.uk/government/news/people-with-learning-disabilities-had-higher-death-rate-from-covid-19

Coping with Coronavirus. Beyond Words have produced a selection of free picture stories and illustrated guides to support people with learning disabilities and autism through the coronavirus pandemic.  Please see https://booksbeyondwords.co.uk/coping-with-coronavirus

Getting it Right Together: Safeguarding and People with Learning/Intellectual Disabilities - Conference at the House of Lords, London, SW1, scheduled for 2nd April 2020, was postponed.  Further information will follow in due course.

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Changing values

Changing values

An understanding of the nature of intellectual disability is essential for health care professionals, who are required to support equal access to their services...

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Diagnosis

Diagnosis

The aim of this section is to describe prenatal screening procedures and tests designed to assess the functioning of children and adults. It covers not just the...

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Family

Family

Most people with intellectual disabilities live at home with their families. Valuing parents' views and their knowledge of their children is crucial to the effe...

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Life stages

Life stages

Life stages create changing demands and roles over time. The developmental transitions and related service responses, from infancy to childhood to adolescence, ...

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Physical health

Physical health

This section contains articles about various physical conditions and illnesses, and their implications for people with intellectual disabilities....

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Mental health

Mental health

This section contains a range of articles on different aspects of the mental health of people with intellectual disabilities....

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How to

How to

This section provides practical advice about relevant clinical skills. Most advice is written, but pictures also feature, including some from the Books Beyond W...

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General information

General information

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