Learning Disability Today
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Decisions, decisions

The Mental Capacity Act has helped many people with learning disabilities to make decisions for themselves since it came into force in 2007, but more needs to be done to ensure all professionals understand and apply it correctly. Dan Parton reports: When the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) was introduced in 2007, it signalled a significant change in the way people with learning disabilities were treated. For the first time, they were assumed to have the capacity to make their own decisions, until proved otherwise. With an emphasis on giving support to people, no matter how profound their disability, to make


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