Find out more about our campaigns in Wales about health issues for people with a learning disability.
Treat Me Right campaign
In 2004, Mencap Cymru launched the Treat Me Right campaign. This campaign targeted the health inequalities suffered by people with a learning disability across Wales
We talked to more than 1,000 people to get an idea of what health services were like for people with a learning disability. We found that people with a learning disability were more likely to have experienced inequality in their access to healthcare.
Impact of the campaign
As a direct result of our campaign and the wider Mencap campaign across the UK, the Disability Rights Commission (now the Equality and Human Rights Commission) and Health Inspectorate Wales both launched investigations into health services for people with a learning disability.
These investigations confirmed that there was a deficit in the level of health care people with a learning disability were experiencing in Wales and in the rest of the UK.
Free annual health checks
Following the success of Mencap Cymru's Treat Me Right campaign, the Welsh Assembly Government introduced free annual health checks for people with a learning disability who are known to social services.
Health checks are making a big difference to the lives of people with a learning disability. There are still many people, however, who do not know about the health checks, or if they do, are not taking them up.