Rosa says "People with a learning
disability may chronologically become adults, but, in most cases, will
remain mentally as children. However, because of the current ideology
that everyone is equal, and the assumption (because of the Mental Capacity
Act 2005) that they are capable of making their own life-changing decisions,
people with learning disabilities are being put out 'into the community'
with insufficient support. They become lonely, and are 'befriended'
by people who take advantage of them. They are bullied, sexually assasulted,
have their benefits stolen and - in some cases - are murdered".
"Yes, we are
all equal in that we share a common humanity, but some are more vulnerable
than others, and require looking after. Time and again I hear of families
fighting to get their adult 'children' into a safe environment, only
to be told by their Local Authorities that it is "their choice'"
to live on their own: that it is "their choice" to choose
what they want to eat - deliberately ignoring the fact that the person
concerned is not capable of making such a decision."
not work when it comes to looking after people with a learning disability.
Government needs to accept this, and to ensure that families in every
Local Authority receive the same level of care and support. The postcode
lottery is cruel, and unacceptable."
"I have lost
count of the number of families I have been involved with who have been
to tribunal, who have fought to get a social worker, who have battled
to receive the right direct payments. I have heard from mothers who
have left their children in A&E, as they were not receiving the
help they required. Mothers fighting to get more than 4 nappies every
24 hours for doubly incontinent teenagers, and having to prove 'inflow
"Where is our
compassion, and our commonsense?"
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