Laws and rights

People with a learning disability have rights that should be upheld and protected.

Accessing legal services

Research tells us that people with a learning disability find it difficult to access good quality legal advice. In 2012 the Legal Services Board commissioned some research from the Norah Fry Research Centre into people with a learning disability’s experiences of accessing legal advice.


People with a learning disability aged 18 or over have the same legal rights and freedoms as anyone else.

Protection for vulnerable adults

As a parent, you cannot be with your child all the time.


A person with a learning disability has exactly the same rights to vote as anyone else.