A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities – for example household tasks, socialising or managing money – which affects someone for their whole life. People with a learning disability may take longer to learn and may need support to develop new skills, understand complicated information and interact with other people. The level of support someone needs depends on the individual.
People with learning disabilities face considerable health inequalities and this will be no different during the COVID-19 outbreak. Public Health England have provided a selection of resources which are available for people with learning disabilities, their families and paid-for carers.
Public Health England has produced an easy-read document explaining why it’s so important for people to keep their distance from others during the coronavirus crisis.
For more information and advice about learning disabilities and COVID-19 please visit: www.sthelensccg.nhs.uk/your-health/learning-disabilities.