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

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3.2 The importance of loving relationships

Why is it important for people to have a loving relationship? In the next activity, you will hear from some people with learning disabilities about why it matters to them.

Activity 7 Valentine’s day

Timing: Allow about 10 minutes

Watch this video about romantic relationships by self-advocacy group My Life My Choice then answer the questions that follow.

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  1. According to the people in the film, what are the benefits of being in a relationship?
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According to the people in the film, the benefits of being in a romantic relationship include making you feel happy and wanted ‘and a part of something’. Relationships also help you to feel supported. It’s about having a companion and having someone to do nice things with, and someone to share your interests with.

  1. What do they say are the downsides to being on your own?
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The people in the film said that not being in a relationship can make you sad. It can make you feel lonely.

People with learning disabilities have a right to family life. They want their sexuality and sexual lives to be respected. It’s important that people with learning disabilities get equal access to good sex education and relationship advice. But it’s also important that the people who support them access good guidance and training too.

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