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Loneliness for adults with learning disabilities can be a life-long issue

EXPERIENCES of loneliness were not limited to Covid lockdown for people with learning disabilities, according to research by Hft, a national charity supporting adults with learning disabilities.

Over a third (36%) of people with a learning disability surveyed after lockdown said they felt lonely nearly always or all of the time, while one in three people (37%) also said that they hardly ever or never go out to socialise – suggesting that their experiences of loneliness were not simply a consequence of restrictions introduced due to the pandemic.

For many, feeling disconnected was a longstanding experience, with a third (33%) of those surveyed saying they did not feel part of their local community, and almost half also saying the pandemic had exacerbated their feeling of loneliness.

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