Changing Our Lives is committed to raising awareness of health inequalities, challenging and finding solutions so that barriers to healthcare are removed and sharing best practice so that all people with learning disabilities and autistic people have equal access to healthcare.
Despite national attention and years of renewed government commitments people with learning disabilities and autistic people continue to face significant health inequalities in the UK. They are still more likely to receive poor quality health care; are less likely to be able to access mainstream health services; and continue to die younger than the general population. Far too many people are still in inpatient settings because their needs have not been met in their communities.
The fourth Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) report published in July 2020 by the University of Bristol makes disturbing reading.