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Exploring learning disabilities: supporting belonging
Exploring learning disabilities: supporting belonging

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8.1 Challenges to upholding rights

While in law people with learning disabilities have the same rights as other citizens, this is not always the case in day to day life.

Activity 8 The battle for equal rights

Timing: Allow about 5 minutes

Watch this video of Dr Lee Humber and Dr Simon Duffy talking about the challenges of ensuring people with learning disabilities have equal rights.

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Video 8
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Lee and Simon drew attention to a number of things that can prevent people having equal rights. Write down at least three of them.

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Answer

The barriers Lee and Simon identify include:

  • lack of education
  • poor housing
  • lack of employment opportunities
  • poverty
  • low expectations
  • people not knowing they have rights
  • government money being spent on the wrong things.

People with learning disabilities definitely have equal rights in law, but may find it difficult to realise their rights. Later in this course, you will explore why this is so.

If you want to know more about the Human Rights Act, click here [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]   for a poster produced by the British Institute of Human Rights.