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Understanding mental capacity
Understanding mental capacity

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3 Exceptional situations

The issue of mental capacity frequently arises for people with learning disabilities as their decision making skills are commonly compromised in some way. This tends to be permanent with little potential for development. However, learning disabled people should not be defined by their disabilities. They have a right to maximise their potential and engage fully in family, social and community life if they choose. To do this they need to be given opportunities to explore the options available and make a choice.