Decisions made on behalf of people with a learning disability and their families are often made without any input from the people they affect the most. Mencap's 'Listen and Learn' consultation programme was developed to find what is important to people with learning disabilities. The consultation used surveys, focus groups and interviews with people with learning disabilities, their family members or carers, Mencap members of staff and leaders of local Mencap groups. The results of the consultation are briefly discussed under the following themes: early years and childhood; making decisions about where to live, jobs and money; support for the whole family; healthcare; participation; staying safe; and relationships. Mencap intend to use the results to inform its work and planning over the next five years.
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