This is a handy guide to the topics you need to know about whether studying or working in the field of learning disabilities. The A-Z format allows you to “dip in” and quickly find relevant information on topics ranging from Autism to Rights and from Advocacy to Challenging Behaviors.

Physical Health

Physical health


Health is a difficult concept to define, but it is usually described as holistic in nature, involving physical, psychological and social elements. Definitions of health can raise issues for people with disabilities as they can emphasise the absence of disease and disability. Cottrell et al. (2002), in their definition of physical health, subscribe to this view, but they also include the concept of biological integrity as a requirement for physical health. This concept would seem to be more attainable for people with a learning disability.

Key Points

  • Physical health can contribute to the quality of life experienced by a person with a learning disability.
  • People with learning disabilities have higher levels of unmet physical health needs, receiving less effective assessment and treatment.
  • Strategies are in place ...
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