Learning disability and autism

Adults with learning disabilities are more likely to be obese or underweight compared to the general population. They are also more likely to have osteoporosis, which is linked to a lack of exercise, poor nutrition and smoking.

However, access to easy-read information and support in learning food and nutrition skills is patchy, so many people with learning disabilities lack opportunities to make healthy choices about their diet. We have a small range of pictorial recipes and information in the resources section of our website.

Our plan for 2017/18

There is no specific work planned around this theme for this year, but we will continue to take opportunities to take this forward within our general work with community food initiatives, and support, if applicable, through our funding opportunities.

News and updates

Community cafe learning visit to Fly Cup Catering – places available

A couple of places are now available for our community cafe learning visit to Fly Cup Catering in Inverurie on Wednesday 19 October. The visit's ...

Improving food and health for adults with learning disabilities – learning from policy, research, and practice in the community

Meeting notesTwenty-five people from across Scotland (specialist dietitians, learning disability service providers, community and voluntary sector staff) attended this meeting to hear about and discuss ...

Improving food and health for adults with learning disabilities – learning from policy and practice in the community

The meeting will build on the roundtable discussion we had last December (notes from the meeting are available here) and will provide an opportunity to ...

Food and health in learning disability services roundtable meeting

CFHS held a small roundtable discussion late last year. The meeting:  ‘Embedding food and health activities and policies across learning disability services – what are ...

CFHS commission Cyrenians Good Food to adapt Good Food Handbook

We have recently commissioned the Cyrenians Good Food programme to adapt a selection of its Good Food Handbook recipes to support the availability of pictorial ...

Plans for accessible food and health resources on our website

We are currently making plans to develop part of our website to provide information about, and links to, quality accessible food and health resources or ...
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  • Publications

    • This publication gives a flavour of what community food initiatives and disability learning support providers are doing to offer adults with learning disabilities access to food ...
    • This report is mainly based on the experiences of dietitians from the Scottish Learning Disability Cinic Dietetic Network that participated in rolling out the REHIS ...
    • This guide discusses the experiences of 21 organisations throughout Scotland who work with a range of vulnerable groups. All these groups used food activities such ...