The views of people using homeless services about learning disability

Karen McKenzie*, Ruth Robson, George Murray, Matt Kaczmar, Dale Metcalfe, Alex Shirley

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People with a learning disability are at increased risk of becoming homeless, but little is known about how learning disability is viewed by people accessing homeless services. This study aimed to obtain the views of people experiencing homelessness about learning disability, in the context of a project that was exploring how to increase identification of learning disability.
A qualitative approach was used, and 19 adults were interviewed who were receiving support from homeless services in the North-East of England. Information from the interviews was analysed using thematic analysis.
Four themes were identified relating to understanding of learning disability, the role of identification, day-to-day challenges, and experiences of services.
There is a need to: promote better understanding of learning disability; for early identification processes that involve the person in a meaningful way; and the provision of support that is non-stigmatising, practical and which addresses health concerns.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disabilities
Early online date10 Nov 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Nov 2023

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