As part of Learning Disability Week in 2012, a group of people with a learning disability and their families from across Wales met with politicians and professionals at the National Assembly’s Pierhead Building to discuss learning disability hate crime.
Earlier in 2012, the Welsh government announced plans to introduce a hate crime framework. This event gave people with a learning disability the chance to talk about their own experiences of hate crime, and the support that is available for them in their communities.
The event was attended by assembly member, Ann Jones, who chairs the communities, equalities and local government committee, and equalities minister, Jane Hutt, who is leading the government’s work on hate crime.
The day began with a drama prepared by Ceredigion People First about reporting hate crime to the police. Later, Torfaen People First gave a presentation on the ‘Talk About It’ third-party reporting centres they helped establish across Gwent.
Mencap Cymru co-chair Claire Bowler, who has a learning disability, welcomed everyone to the Pierhead, and began by sharing her experience of hate crime.
People have shouted abuse at me and called me names on the bus, all because of who I am. I want people with a learning disability to know where to go for help if hate crimes happen to them, and for people to take them seriously.
Mencap Cymru co-chair Claire Bowler
At the end of the event, guests watched Mencap’s film for the Stand By Me Campaign.