Many pieces of legislation directly concern people with learning disabilities and how they live their lives.
"We were already considered to be a family in crisis"
Lockdown on the spectrum: how autistic adults and families of children with the condition are coping with the coronavirus lockdown that has closed schools, slashed respite and limited access to the outdoors to one trip a day. Darren Devine highlights the experiences of one Scottish family facing struggles common to many during the lockdown.
What we know - and don't know - about the Liberty Protection Safeguards
In October next year, a new system known as the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) is expected to replace the current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS). Yo Dunn, who will be speaking at Learning Disability Today London 2019, introduces the new system and highlights what questions remain unanswered.
More reports, fewer prosecutions: failure to tackle disability hate crime laid bare in new figures
Should parents make care decisions once their child reaches adulthood?
Until a group of parents joined forces to change the law families could find themselves sidelined once a loved one with a learning disability turned eighteen, with social workers taking charge of key decisions. But here Darren Devine details how three families have fought to ensure parents continue to have a voice when their children become adults.
The majority of autistic adults are not getting the support they need
School forced to reinstate and apologise for unlawful discrimination of disabled student
How far can reasonable adjustments address health inequalities?
Reasonable adjustments are adaptations and accommodations that should, in theory, minimise disadvantages faced by disabled people in education, employment, and housing, as well as services such as shops, hospitals, and banks. Darren Devine discusses how reasonable adjustments could look for people with a learning disability - but how far can they address health inequalities?
Mental capacity bill amendment reaches final stages - and concerns remain
Cross-sector concerns have repeatedly been raised about the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill since proposals were introduced last summer. The Bill, which campaigners fear will dilute existing human rights safeguards and give undue power and responsibility to organisations supporting older and disabled people.