Legislations and Policies

Legislations and policies

Legislations and policies are there to protect individuals with learning disabilities from discrimination to ensure that they have freedom, respect, equality, dignity, and autonomy in their every day lives.

Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and Disability Equality Duty has been replaced by Equality Act 2010 which protects discrimination in the workplace (an employer or someone providing a service has to make so disabled person can do something like getting in a shop), made it easier for disabled people to have rights against discrimination eg if they are transsexual, if they gave a disability, if they are straight, lesbian or bisexual, their age, their race, their religion, education and transport.

National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 is an act that states it is the duty for local authorities to assess people for social care and support.   This is to ensure that people who need community care services or other types of support get the services they are entitled to.

A New Strategy for Learning Disability for the 21 Century emphasis the vital role played by family carers; addresses ways of helping people with complex needs benefit from all of the proposal; improve knowledge and understanding about the wishes and needs of people with learning disabilities and their families from different cultures and ethnic communities; ensure that all agencies are rigorous in making change happen and monitoring progress effectively; addresses issues around relationships and transport and recognises that many people with learning disabilities need support for the whole of their lives.