New resources about dysphagia and people with learning disabilities

Dysphagia is the medical term for swallowing problems. There are different causes and types of dysphagia. It is generally accepted that people with learning disabilities are more likely to have dysphagia than other people.

IHaL has published a new report that brings together some of the reasonable adjustments that are being made to make the management of dysphagia in people with learning disabilities. It includes a summary of the research evidence and guidance as well as links to resources and examples from practice.

We have also published two factsheets which explore dysphagia and learning disabilities:

  1. What do we know about dysphagia (difficulty in eating, drinking or swallowing) in people with learning disabilities?
  2. What do we know about supporting people with learning disabilities who have dysphagia (difficulty in eating, drinking or swallowing)?

These can be downloaded at