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Coronavirus and people with learning disabilities

A study of the lives of people with learning disabilities through the coronavirus pandemic

UK Research and Innovation have funded a study to find out the experiences of the coronavirus pandemic for people with learning disabilities. The research is being led by Professor Richard Hastings (University of Warwick) and Professor Chris Hatton (Manchester Metropolitan University).

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The researchers want to talk to 1000 adults with a learning disability across the UK to ask about their experiences. They want to talk to 500 family carers or paid support staff of adults with a learning disability who need someone else to answer the questions on their behalf. They want to talk to these people three times over the next year and the link to the family survey is here.

You can find out more information about this project, how you can take part and what the research is finding here.

Principal Investigators and Co-investigators: Prof Chris Hatton (Manchester Metropolitan University); Prof Richard Hastings (University of Warwick); Prof David Abbott (University of Bristol); Dr Stephen Beyer (Cardiff University); Dr Jill Bradshaw (University of Kent); Dr Nick Gore (University of Kent); Prof Pauline Heslop (University of Bristol); Prof Andrew Jahoda (University of Glasgow); Anna Marriott (National Development Team for Inclusion); Dr Katrina Scior (UCL); Dr Laurence Taggart (University of Ulster); Dr Stuart Todd (University of South Wales)

Third Sector participants: All Wales Forum of Parents and Carers of People with Learning Disabilities; Learning Disability Wales; All Wales People First; Positive Futures; Mencap Northern Ireland; CAN N Ireland; Scottish Commission for Learning Disability; Promoting A More Inclusive Society (PAMIS); Learning Disability England; PMLD Link.

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Anna Marriott
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