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‘Relationships Matter’ – the lives of people with learning disabilities

Section: People and NetworksType: News Item Date Published: 9th October 2020

Research by the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities heard about the experiences of over 1,200 people.

The Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) has launched ‘Relationships Matter,’ their first report generated from the landmark survey of people with learning disabilities in Scotland, carried out in 2019. The report focuses on relationships and loneliness, and explores some issues that relate to these, like happiness, choice, and support.

SCLD developed the survey with a range of partners, including ENABLE Scotland, Key, ARC Scotland, People First Scotland, Down’s Syndrome Scotland and PAMIS. The ‘How’s Life?’ survey was designed to be completed by people with learning disabilities, with or without support from a family member, advocate, or paid supporter. The aim of the survey was to ask as many people with learning disabilities as possible about how they felt about different aspects of their lives.

A total of 1232 responses were received, making this the first large scale survey of people with learning disabilities conducted in Scotland for over ten years.

Some key findings include:

  • 52% of people occasionally, sometimes, or often felt lonely
  • 9% often felt lonely, compared to 5% of the general population
  • Only 5% of respondents lived with a partner, compared to 56% of the general population
  • Only 3% of respondents were married compared to 47% of the general population
  • 21% of people did not see their family as often as they liked
  • 19% of people did not see their friends as often as they liked
  • 27% of people in a relationship did not see their partner as often as they liked

To find out more and read the report, visit – https://www.scld.org.uk/relationships-matter-for-people-with-learning-disabilities/ (this link will take you away from our website).

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