Call for Papers: Health Inequalities and People with Intellectual Disabilities

Special Issue: Call for Papers
Health Inequalities and People with Intellectual Disabilities

The British Journal of Learning Disabilities calls for scholarly papers for a special issue focused on health inequalities and people with intellectual (learning) disabilities. You can read the easy read call here.

In line with the British Journal of Learning Disabilities desire to encourage international submissions the guest editors, Hazel Chapman, Alex Kaley, Martin McMahon, Kay Mafuba, Stacey Rees and Mary-Ann O’Donovan invite contributions from a broad range of contexts and authors. We encourage collaborative, inter- and intra-disciplinary submissions, and multi-authored submissions including people with intellectual disabilities in line with the philosophy of “Nothing about us without us”.

The approach to this special issue understands health as a human rights issue and comes at an important time for people with intellectual disabilities who continue to experience health inequalities that are unjust and avoidable. We are particularly interested in understanding how the opportunity for people with intellectual disabilities to live a long and healthy life is affected by the conditions into which they born, grow up and live. Taking this approach, we will consider submissions from an individual, lifestyle, societal, socio-economic, cultural or environmental perspective, which document why these inequalities arise and what can be done to address them.

Literature reviews and original articles (e.g. observational studies, quasi-experimental or other evaluation designs and qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods research) focusing on the following indicative topics are welcomed:

  • Health inequalities and intersectional influences (e.g. ethnicity, gender) on health and access to health and social care services for people with intellectual disabilities

  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights

  • The association and impact of social, economic and environmental conditions and healthinequalities (e.g. social support networks, living conditions, housing, education, occupation,income, poverty, social status)

  • Health inequalities and life expectancy

  • Health inequalities and COVID-19

  • Policies or approaches to prevent or reduce health inequalities.For further information or queries regarding this Special Issue, please contact the Guest Editors: Dr Hazel M Chapman,, Dr Alex Kaley,, Assistant Professor, Dr Martin McMahon,, Professor Kay Mafuba, Stacey Rees,, Associate Professor, Dr Mary- Ann O’Donovan or Editor-in-Chief, Professor Melanie Nind,

  • Notify the Guest Editors by email of your intention to submit with an extended 300-word abstract. The deadline for this is 31st March 2023.

  • Following approval to proceed, invited authors will be sent a link to submit their full papers via the online submission system for the special issue. The deadline for this is 31st July 2023.