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.

Covid-19 information. This section contains links to resources on Covid-19 for people with intellectual disabilities and their families and carers, and also provides an opportunity for discussion pieces on different aspects of this topic. Please see https://www.herts.ac.uk/intellectualdisability/covid-19-information

Afghanistan crisis: Refugees with learning disabilities are at higher risk.  Beyond Words have been preparing a refugee focused story for a while but now, in response to the sudden crisis in Afghanistan, they have just published a FREE short resource, to try and help those who need urgent support today.  Please see https://booksbeyondwords.co.uk/afghanistan

Students’ Contributions. This section 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

Learning Disability Week 2021. Kingston and St George’s, Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education, held a celebration event on 24 June.  Recording is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh2ahjKLdgA&t=791s (Part 1, 70 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttIzy_QKoeQ (Part 2, 62 mins)


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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

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