Many researchers are focused on finding medical treatments for a variety of learning disabilities, as well as finding out the causes of them.
#LDTchat on people with learning disabilities being excluded from autism research
New research on preventing Alzheimer's disease in people with Down's syndrome
Can cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) work for those with learning disabilities?
Lack of understanding of needs of people with learning disabilities and epilepsy placing them at risk, say researchers
Nasal spray could become first drug to treat social impairments in people with autism
Study reveals subtle brain differences in men with autism
NHS to offer blood test for pregnant women to detect Down's syndrome
Interpregnancy intervals may increase autism risk, study suggests
Raising awareness of #undiagnosed children
Autism '23% more likely in babies born by C-section'
Monitoring the Use of the Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in 2012-13.
Since 2009, the Care Quality Commission has had a duty to monitor the use of the safeguards in all care homes and hospitals in England, and also to provide advice and information on using them.
The Commission checks on the use of the safeguards by visiting the places where they are used. Care services must inform the Commission about the outcome of their application to deprive someone of their liberty.
There are no direct enforcement powers associated with the role. If it is found that the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are not being used correctly, the Commission can take action under the Health and Social Care Act. A number of the Health and Social Care Act regulations contain references to elements of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards – for example in the regulations dealing with consent, safeguarding, and general care and welfare.
Improving general hospital care of learning disability patients
Evaluation Toolkit for Providers.
The aims of this evaluation toolkit are to enable providers to:understand which values, knowledge and skills need to be in place to support people as they grow older so that their lives are as happy, healthy and fulfilling as possible;assess how well they are doing in relation to supporting people to have a good life;draw up and deliver an action plan to improve the support provided to people as they grow older;access relevant resources to achieve best practice.
Feeling Down: Improving the Mental Health of People With Learning Disabilities.
The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities was commissioned to write a report about the mental health of people with learning disabilities as well as offer information to people with learning disabilities and their families to support their access to mental health services.
The aim of the report is to raise awareness among policy makers, commissioners, health and social care services and anyone supporting or working with people with learning disabilities, and to develop a picture of the customer journey to receiving support and make recommendations for change.
New SEND guide for parents and carers launched by DfE