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. They are not given the choices and opportunities that many of us take for granted - such as deciding where and who to live with or what to do during the day.

People with a learning disability have a right to choice and control over their own lives. Mencap believes that all people with a learning disability should:

  • have access to meaningful daytime activities, including support to get a job

  • be able to choose the housing that is right for them and be supported to live as independently as possible

  • have equal access to sport and leisure opportunities

  • be able to use accessible transport

  • have the right to a properly funded individual budget if they want one.


Daytime activities

People with a learning disability should have opportunities, choice and control over what they spend their time doing, but many people are still losing out.

Individual budgets

Individual budgets should be used to improve people's lives, not to make cost savings.

Transport

Most people with a learning disability cannot drive, and half of all families with a disabled child do not have a car.

Sport and leisure

Many people with a learning disability never get the opportunity to use the leisure facilities in their local area.