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National Learning Disability Week


This year, National Learning Disability Week which runs 18-24 June 2001, is all about choice.

People with a learning disability are often denied:

  • Choice in the things they want to do and who they want to do them with.
  • Choice in where they live and who they live with.
  • Choice through being involved in decisions which affect their lives.
Mencap aims to focus the public’s attention on the opportunities and independence open to people with a learning disability when they have the support to make their own choices about crucial aspects of their lives.

There are a number of national and local events taking place during the week. Highlights include:

  • The publication of research exposing the general public’s attitudes to people with a learning disability.
  • A reception for MPs at the House of Commons.
  • A thought-provoking poster campaign supported by advertising in national newspapers.
  • A national conference – called ‘The Right Treatment’ – on 21 June which addresses the discrimination faced by people with a learning disability in the health service.
  • Pop stars Steps feature in OK magazine wearing specially-designed Mencap Choice T-shirts (look out for the 1 June edition).
  • Brookside actors help Mencap celebrate a substantial donation to its Community Support Teams, which provide a variety of support at a local level.
People with a learning disability will talk directly to the media throughout the Week. They will share experiences they face every day – discrimination against their right to work, education and adequate health care.

For further information about National Learning Disability Week, please contact Gail Robinson on 020 7696 5594 or email: [email protected].

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