What we campaign about

Find out more about Mencap's work to make rights a reality for people with a learning disability, and the different areas we campaign on. 

Children and young people

All children with a learning disability have the right to a good start in life and a childhood like everyone else.

Employment and training

People with a learning disability are more excluded from the workplace than any other group of disabled people.

Equal rights

People with a learning disability must be valued, respected and given the same opportunities in life.

Families and carers

Family carers of people with a learning disability receive little help or recognition, and many have to fight for the support they do receive.

Health

We want people with a learning disability to stop being denied equal healthcare, and dying when their lives could be saved.

Housing

Mencap's vision is one where all people with a learning disability have the opportunity to live on an ordinary street, in an ordinary house, just like everyone else.

Independent living

People with a learning disability have a right to choice and control over their lives so they can live as independently as possible.

Profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD)

People with PMLD have the right to be seen, heard, included, supported and equal.

Social care

Many people with a learning disability need social care services to lead fulfilling and independent lives. With more people needing support and major cuts being made to social care, the social care system is in crisis. Mencap is campaigning at local and national level for a properly funded social care system so every person with a learning disability gets the support they need.

Welfare reform

Changes to the welfare system mean more people will be expected to find work - but the government's plans must include adequate support for those with a learning disability.