Research and statistics

There are 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Read the latest research and statistics on a range of issues affecting people with a learning disability, from health and social care to finding work and friendships. 


About the research and statistics

Our research and statistics are drawn from a range of databases, government reports, websites of voluntary organisations and academic publications. We periodically update these pages as new research and data becomes available. Each topic page is fully referenced, and links are provided where possible.

If you have any questions about our research and statistics, please contact the Research Team by emailing

Research and statistics blogs

Catch up with the latest news and blogs from the research and statistics team.

Let's talk about sex

Sexuality is a human right. Yet, all too often, the sexual needs of people with a learning disability are not acknowledged.
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Researching accessible transport for people with a learning disability

We wanted to find out more about accessible transport in London through the Barclays Hackathon research event
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Becoming a Research Champion

I recently joined the ‘Research Champions’ group at Mencap. This is a new monthly group for colleagues with a learning disability.
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