Mencap – Study
Mencap is organisation, which campaigns around the world to change societies attitudes towards people with learning disabilities, aiming for them to be seen as equal, listened to and included, as other people. They are the leading voice of learning disability, valuing and supporting people with learning disabilities, as well as their families and carers. Currently people with disabilities still face inequalities in every area of life, which is an issue that Mencap is continuously campaigning against, in hope to improve the quality of life, support and services for those with disabilities. Mencap has been around since 1946, when it was established in the UK by Judy Fryd, a mother of a child with a learning disability, who was unhappy about the lack of support her child was getting, because of her learning disability. It is thanks to their campaigning, that the “Disability Discrimination Act” was enforced by the government in 1995, aiming to end the discrimination faced by many disabled people and to guarantee their civil rights.
The organisation helps children with Down Syndrome and Autism. Mencap is a campaign organisation that I want to focus on in my social action project, as their vision connects strongly with my vision, trying to achieve a positive change in the attitudes of society towards people with both physical and mental disabilities. Mencap does not just have a connection to my project, but to me as a person, as I suffer from aspergers syndrome and often feel that I could find it difficult to find an enlightened employer that would be prepared to employ me.
- Raising awareness and changing attitudes
- Making a difference to the lives of people with a learning disability here and now
- Supporting friendships and relationships
- Improving health for people with a learning disability
- Giving children the best start in life.
- We are Inclusive. People with a learning disability are at the heart of everything we do
- We are Trustworthy. When we promise something, we don’t let people down
- We are Caring. We treat everyone with respect and kindness
- We are Challenging. When we see things that aren’t fair we will campaign until we see real change
- We are Positive. We never stop believing in a better future and we celebrate what we are proud of now
- We want to have made a significant and measurable improvement to people’s attitudes towards people with a learning disability
- We want to have contributed to improving the quality of life for people with a learning disability
- We want more people with a learning disability to have stronger friendships and relationships, and be better connected to their communities
- We want to see an increase in the skills and understanding of healthcare professionals, so that health outcomes for people with a learning disability improve
- We want more children aged 0 to 5 with a learning disability and their families to receive the right early support