This project is funded through a Department of Health grant. There have been a number of high profile cases where people living with learning disabilities have had their human rights put at risk through neglect or abuse in health and care services. In response the government, and a number of other organisations, have developed the Transforming Care programme to improve services for people living with learning disabilities and / or autism, including people who display behaviour that challenges, and / or those living with a mental health condition. The idea is to drive system-wide change and enable more people to live in the community, with the right support, and close to home.
BIHR's new resource on Learning Disability, Autism and Human Rights will be an important contribution to this work. We have been talking with people living with learning disabilities and autism, as well as their carers and advocates. They told us an accessible booklet is needed which explains what people's human rights are, and how they can use these to make sure they have choice and control over their lives and that services treat them with dignity and respect.