MenCap- The Voice of Learning Disability

MenCap - The Voice of Learning Disabilities

Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.

Our vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included.

Services You Can Count On:

Our support begins with you

Whether you are looking to find your first paid job, move into your own place, find leisure activities in your local area, or you need advice on an issue that's important to you, we can help.

If you have a learning disability and want to know how we can support you, you can find out more about the services we offer by looking through the easy read guides in each area of this section.

If you are a parent, family member or Carer to someone with a learning disability, browse our topics to see how we can support your loved one with services that put them first.

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We believe all people with a learning disability should have the same access to healthcare and treatment as everybody else.

On average in the UK, people with a learning disability experience poorer health and healthcare than the rest of the general population. Find out how you or a loved one can access the healthcare you're entitled to.

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Relationships and Sex:

If you have a learning disability, or you know someone who does, we can help you find the right advice and support about sexuality and relationships.

We know this can be an awkward thing to talk about. But people with a learning disability have the same rights as anyone else to express their sexuality and have personal and sexual relationships if they want to.

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Children and Young People:

We can help you find the advice and support that's right for your family - from the earliest years to young adulthood. After education or training- what next? See what options there are and how you or your child's services will change.

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Social Care:

Social care covers a wide range of care and support, including supporting someone to get up and get dressed, develop friendships and relationships, do meaningful activities, and be part of their community.

Tens of thousands of people with a learning disability and their family members currently get social care support. This ranges from a few hours of support a week for some people to round-the-clock care for others.

There are lots of ways the social care system can support you, and we’re going to take you through the kinds of support you might be able to get – and how to get it.

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Having a home to call your own can transform your life.

Find out about housing advice, support and services you can access.

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Benefits can help you or your loved one live more independently, have a regular job and access your local community.

Make sure you know what you're entitled to, how you can get it and how you can challenge decisions that are made about the support you can get if you don't think they're right.

You can get clear information on a range of disability and work related benefits below.

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Local Groups:

Seventy years ago, Judy Fryd – angered and frustrated by the lack of support and provision available to her daughter Felicity, who had a learning disability – wrote to Nursery World magazine asking that other parents of children with a learning disability reach out to her.

More than 1,000 parents responded and Judy went on to suggest they should all band together to plead their cause with the various health and education authorities. Here, Mencap was born.

A diverse network of like-minded groups and organisations - both national and local - from large-scale service providers, to small social groups who organise sport activities over the weekends.

Who are our Network Partners?

All share the same aim - to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and to increase the opportunities available to them in their local areas.

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Diagnosis is the formal process by which a learning disability - and indeed other disabilities or conditions - is identified.

Some people will want to find out information as soon as they are told their child has a learning disability or as soon as they suspect their child may have one. Others will want to take their time to digest the news. Everyone is different. There is no right or wrong way.

These pages are here for parents, wider family members, and anyone else who might be interested in finding out more about diagnosis of a learning disability. They are designed to be there whenever you are ready to read them.

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Mencap’s Wills and Trusts Service

At Mencap we understand that planning for your child’s financial future is one of your biggest concerns. Mencap’s Wills and Trusts team is here to offer you free information and guidance on how you can make sure your child is provided for when you’re no longer around.

If you have any matters you want to discuss about protecting the financial future of a loved one with a learning disability or who is vulnerable, please contact the Wills and Trusts service on: 020 7696 6925 or e-mail us on: or have a look on our website.

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