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Intellectual disability nursing
Social isolation is aided by technology in people with a learning disability especially if living in services
  1. James Ridley
  1. Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK
  1. Correspondence to James Ridley, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk L39 4QP, UK; ridleyj{at}

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Commentary on: McCausland D, Luus R, McCallion P, Murphy E, McCarron M. The impact of COVID-19 on the social inclusion of older adults with an intellectual disability during the first wave of the pandemic in Ireland. J Intellect Disabil Res. 2021 Oct;65(10):879–889. doi: 10.1111/jir.12862 Epub 2021 Jun 24.

Implications for practice and research

  • In practice, consideration should be made of how technology can be used to support the social inclusivity of people with an intellectual disability, along with measures to ensure technical literacy.

  • Future research should consider the impact of social isolation on the health and well-being of people with a learning disability, throughout the life course.


The experiences of people with an intellectual disability and those around them during the COVID-19 pandemic have become a point of focus. Recognition of …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

  • Intellectual Disability Supplement of The Irish Longtitudinal Study on Ageing.