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.
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 should be used to improve people's lives, not to make cost savings.
Most people with a learning disability cannot drive, and half of all families with a disabled child do not have a car.
Many people with a learning disability never get the opportunity to use the leisure facilities in their local area.