Disability rights and legal


Over the years, a number of different Acts and Treaties have been passed that protect the freedoms and rights of people with learning disabilities. Find out more about some of the most important ones.

  • Care Act

    Find out about the Care Act 2014, and how it strengthens the rights of people with learning disabilities and their family carers
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  • Equality Act

    The Equality Act 2010 brought previous anti-discrimination laws together, to protect the rights of individuals and promote equal opportunities for everyone
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  • Mental Capacity Act

    The Mental Capacity Act 2005 provides a framework to empower and protect people who may lack capacity to make some decisions for themselves
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  • Human Rights Act

    The Human Rights Act 1998 sets out the fundamental rights and freedoms that everyone in the UK is entitled to, including people with a learning disability
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  • Safeguarding

    Safeguarding Adults is the process of protecting adults with care and support needs from abuse and neglect
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  • UN CRPD

    The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) is intended to protect the rights and dignity of anyone with a disability
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