UNDERSTAND THE CONTEXT OF SUPPORTING INDIVIDUALS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES.
Legislation and policies designed to promote human rights, inclusion, equal life chances and citizenship of individuals with learning disabilities are mainly the Human Rights Act along with the Disability Discrimination Act, Mental Health Act, Community Care Act and National Health Services Act.
People with a learning disability have the right to experience a full range of relationships including friendships and community links as well as personal relationships which can be difficult for individuals with a learning disability. Everyone has the right to life regardless of having or caring for someone that has a learning disability. Your human rights, whether you have a learning disability or not are the same. These include:
the right to life,
freedom from torture and degrading treatment,
freedom from slavery and forced labour,
the right to liberty,
the right to a fair trial,
the right not to be punished for something that wasn't a crime when you did it,
the right to respect for private and family life,
freedom of thought, conscience, religion and freedom to express your beliefs,
freedom of expression,
freedom of assembly and association,
the right to marry and to start a family,
the right not to be discriminated against in respect of these rights and freedoms,
the right to peaceful enjoyment of your property,
the right to an education,
the right to participate in free elections,
the right not to be subjected to the death penalty.
People with a learning disability and their families are entitled to all these rights as any other person will be. They have the right to a private family life, the right to believe and express their opinion freely. Also the right to marry and have a family and not be discriminated against. Individuals have the right to an education regardless of having a learning...