About our Big Learning Disability Survey
Mencap worked with people who have a learning disability A learning disability is to do with the way someone's brain works. It makes it harder for someone to learn, understand or do things. to make the survey A survey is when someone asks you to answer some questions. .
Nearly 2,000 people took part.
Mencap will listen to the things people said and think what to do in the future.
We heard from almost 2,000 people with a learning disability about important issues including; healthcare, discrimination Discrimination is when someone is treated differently (usually in a bad way) because of things like their disability or their religion Religion is to do with the things you believe about the world. For example you may believe there is a god or something else. Examples of religions are Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. . , and money and support.
Some of our key findings:
Over a quarter said they have a paid job.
Over a third of people who do not have a paid job said they would like to have a paid job.
Over 4 in 10 did not have an annual health check An annual health check A health check is when you see a nurse or doctor so they can help you to stay well. is when you see a nurse or doctor once a year so they can help you stay well. Everyone aged 14 or over who has a learning disability should be invited for an annual health check. in the last year.
Of those who did have an annual health check in the last year, almost 6 in 10 did not receive a Health Action Plan.
Over 4 in 10 reported that they did not go out in the past month because they were worried.
The most common reason was 'people calling me names or bullying me'.
When asked where they would go for help and support if being treated unfairly, over 1 in 10 said they did not know where to go for help and support.
We have heard your views on important issues such as healthcare, discrimination, and money and support.
We will work with the government The Government are the people who run the country. The Government decide how much tax people should pay and how things like the National Health Service (NHS) should work. and organisations to make change happen.
We would like to say thank you to everyone who took part in the 2022 Big Learning Disability Survey!
I am a Research & Impact Assistant at Mencap. I also have a learning disability. I feel that it is very important to listen to the voices of people with a learning disability in research. It is for this reason that I joined the survey working group.
I am proud to have contributed to this report because it will be used by Mencap and other organisations to improve the lives of people with a learning disability across the UK.”
We're here to help
To get support you can contact Mencap’s Learning Disability Helpline.
It offers free advice and support for people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
Phone: 0808 808 1111
Phone: 0808 808 1111 (Option 2)
Phone: 0808 8000 300
You can also talk to Mencap’s Research team about any of the topics included in this survey.