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Everything we do is about supporting the rights of people with a learning disability.
All our campaign work focuses on getting equal rights and opportunities for people with a learning disability, and tackling discrimination.
Here are some of the major areas we’re working on currently.
Recent Government changes to sleep-in payments are threatening to take away vital support from thousands of disabled people. This support allows them to live a safe and independent life in the community.
This change has meant that the care sector has been landed with a massive £400 million bill and many providers now face bankruptcy. This could mean the end of social care as we know it.
Therefore, we're campaigning by calling on the Government to avert a crisis in the learning disability sector.
Later this year, we will be launching a new 3 year health campaign - more detail coming soon! We'll be campaigning alongside people with a learning disability, family members and carers to improve the quality of healthcare people with a learning disability get in hospital. Please sign up for e-campaigner updates to hear more about the campaign's progress.
Changing Places toilets
There are around 250,000 people in the country whose basic needs aren’t being met by standard accessible public toilets. We think this isn’t good enough, and that’s why we continue to work with the Changing Places consortium so that there are more toilets with a bench, hoist and extra space to meet people's needs. There are now more than 800 of these kinds of toilets across the UK, but we want there to be more.
In 2011 BBC Panorama exposed shocking levels of abuse of people with a learning disability at the now closed Winterbourne View care home in Bristol. Since then Mencap and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation have been working with families to get people with a learning disability moved out of similar treatment units and back to their local communities, where they can get appropriate support and care, near their family and friends. As part of the campaign, Mencap and the CBF produced the Out of Sight report in 2011 and Winterbourne View: the scandal continues in 2014, which looked at the unacceptable treatment many people with a learning disability have experienced.
Since then, big promises have been made. NHS England has committed to closing 35-50% of inpatient beds by March 2019. Together with the CBF, we continue to campaign with families to make sure this happens. You can read our most recent guide for campaigners, Making it Happen, to find out more and take our online action to write to the Senior Responsible Officer in charge at your local Transforming Care Partnership.
We are challenging cuts to vital services and support for people with a learning disability, both at a local and national level. This includes everything from protecting day centres for people with a learning disability from closure, to providing support to people who’ve had their entitlements cut, and campaigning to stop cuts to short breaks to make sure families don’t reach breaking point. Are you concerned by cuts happening in your local area? If so, find out how you can campaign locally.
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