Inclusion Europe member Mencap has launched a touching Valentine’s Day video, featuring couples with and without intellectual disabilities talking about their relationships and plans for the future. While celebrating the “brilliant, all-embracing, unpredictable, life-changing, liberating, confidence-giving, can’t-stop-smiling power of love,” as Mencap puts it, the video is also demonstrating that people with intellectual disabilities can build meaningful, lasting relationships, and should be supported in doing so. Unfortunately, intimate relationships involving people with intellectual disabilities are still against the law in some countries in Europe.
Through Mencap’s services, people with intellectual disabilities are supported in all areas of their life, whether it be going out and making friends, learning a new skill, getting a job, finding the right housing, or even going on a first date.
The video has been viewed more tha 4500 times since it was released on 12 February. You can watch it online here.