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A British woman with autism and severe intellectual disabilities has this week returned to her family having been held against her wishes in residential care for over twelve months.
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Complaints made by victims of disability hate crime in the United Kingdom (UK) are being overlooked by the police, according to a statement made by a former senior figure from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
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During Learning Disability Week, Mencap asked people with a learning disability, their friends, family members, carers or supporters to share some of their favourite first time experiences.
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Ahead of the 2015 General Election in the United Kingdom (UK), Mencap has started a campaign called “Hear my voice,” aimed at informing politicians on the issues that matter to the disability community.
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Although causing serious physical and psychological trauma, as well as delayed recovery, face down restraint is still used in the United Kingdom (UK) to constrain people with intellectual disabilities, mental health problem and autism, and not only as a last resort.
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Although important steps have been taken in the past twenty years towards the social inclusion of people with disabilities, a report recently published by Scope, a British organisation supporting the rights of people with disabilities, shows that much more needs be done.
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United Kingdom (UK) Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO), Julie Mellor, raised an alert regarding the importance of making healthcare services accessible for people with intellectual disabilities.
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Mencap has launched Mellow Futures, a programme facilitating professional assistance for pregnant women and parents of children younger than two years old. Currently in its pilot stage, Mellow Futures is part of Parent Pioneers, a wider specialist support platform run by Mencap for parents with a learning disability.
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Mencap marked the Learning Disability Week by organising events that bring people together and strengthen networks in local communities. This disability week took place between 19-25 August, with the aim of of celebrating persons with intellectual disabilities as well as their families and carers.
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The British Department of Health has chosen the International Human Rights Day to publish its final report following the abuse of people with a learning disability at Winterbourne View assessment and treatment centre, as Mencap reports.
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