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Research and statistics

Read latest research and statistics about learning disability issues 

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. 

Find out more about the NDTI research

National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTI) research helps better understand what people with a learning disability want when it comes to work, and why so few people with a learning disability are able to access or maintain paid work.

Read the summaries of their research.

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Making surveys better for young people with a learning disability

What this video overview of some recent research published in the Journal of Intellectual Disability Research on making surveys on health and wellbeing more accessible for young people with a learning disability.

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Become a Policy Shaper

Policy Shapers help us tell the government and decision-makers what life is like for people with a learning disability.

By being a Mencap Policy Shaper, you can help to make sure that these people hear your voice.

Find out more

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

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