Features

Have your say on our selection of featured Viewpoint articles.

Football fandom

The benefits of football fandom for people with a learning disability

Winterbourne View: two years on

It is two years since Panorama exposed systematic abuse of people with a learning disability at Winterbourne View. Have lessons been learned?

Hate crime

A review has found that victims of disability hate crime continue to be let down by the justice system

Wedding bells

Ciara Evans has dreamed of a fairy-tale wedding all her life. Now her dream is about to come true, and she hopes it will inspire others

School exclusions

The social and educational development of children with special educational needs is being compromised by illegal school exclusions

The Bright side of fostering

Fostering children with a learning disability brings with it many highs and lows. Lydia Bright and mum Debbie from ITV’s ‘The Only Way is Essex’ take time out from filming and recount their experiences to Jenny Darwent

Is personalisation working?

People with a learning disability should lead the lives that they choose. But is that a reality for everyone? Edd Fawcett finds that, despite some limitations, the personalisation agenda is heading in the right direction

What's important to people with a learning disability?

Decisions made on behalf of people with a learning disability and their families are all too often made without any input from the people they affect the most. Mencap’s latest research project aims to change that

Housing and independent living

Could we be undoing all the progress we’ve made towards independent living for people with a learning disability? Mencap’s new housing report assesses the situation

The Green Bike Project

Repairing, recycling and selling bikes, providing work experience to people with a learning disability – there’s no end to what the Green Bike Project can offer.

The Changemakers

Mencap’s Changemakers project has been mobilising an army of young volunteers with a learning disability, to challenge perceptions and make changes in their communities

Forced marriage

Forced marriage of people with a learning disability has hit the headlines recently, as the Forced Marriage Unit revealed an increase in reporting and a marriage was annulled by the court of protection. But what actually constitutes forced marriage and what needs to be done to tackle this very complex problem?

An afternoon with Ed Balls

On 6 July, Ed Balls went about his usual hectic schedule, but he was accompanied by his constituent and Mencap campaigner Susan Hanley. Here, Susan recounts her afternoon with the shadow chancellor in his constituency, Morley and Outwood, near Leeds

Back in the game

After being cast out for more than a decade, athletes with a learning disability make their return to the Paralympic Games at London 2012 this August. But what has made that possible and what does the future hold?