People with learning disabilities have a much greater propensity to develop health problems, both physical and mental health, as compared with the general population.  There are 1.86 million people in the UK living with sight loss. By 2020 this number is predicted to increase by 22% and will double to almost four million people by the year 2050.

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Our resources

Our resources

Data and reports

Learning disability prevalence estimates can be found in the 'living well' section of our Health and Social Care Maps.

We have produced literature reviews for support for families with disabled children, and access to Special Educational Needs and Disability services for Nepalese families.

We have also produced an eye health needs assessment (PDF, 1.3 MB), estimates of the prevalence of cerebral palsy in Kent, a disabled children and young people needs assessment summary (PDF, 405.8 KB) and an analysis of the uptake of learning disability annual health checks (PDF, 1.5 MB).

Library services

The Public Health and Social Care Library can provide access to library and knowledge services, including books and journal articles relating to disability. We can also produce bespoke literature searches.


If you can't find what you were looking for, we complete over 200 ad-hoc requests for analysis each year. Request further analysis or a literature search or contact us.
External resources

External resources

A number of organisations produce statistics relating to disability and its impact on health, both at national and local level.