As part of learning disability week Sue Turner looks at the importance of addressing barriers that still exist for people with learning disabilities seeking romantic or sexual relationships.

As detailed in a report by Relate – Good relationships are good for us. They can protect us from the effects of long term health conditions, aid recovery and even prevent ill health in the first place. Failure to take account of and address the social determinants of ill health (including social isolation) trap us into reactive and unsatisfactory service responses. Clear evidence is available in Relate’s report with recommendations aimed firmly at public health policy makers.

With learning disability week this week, the focus is on relationships, so what does the above mean for people with learning disabilities? Given that people with learning disabilities tend to have smaller social networks, are more likely to be socially excluded and have poorer health and die younger than their non-disabled peers – this seems important! Read more from Sue Turner about this in her blog here…

Download the report ‘Supporting people with learning disabilities to develop sexual and romantic relationships’