March 2017

The British Institute of Human Rights launches a national resource about learning disability and autism, in time for World Autism Awareness Week (27 March – 2 April 2017)

In response to a recognised need from people, the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) are launching Learning Disability, Autism and Human Rights, a new national accessible resource to empower people about their human rights when accessing health and care services. Having developed the resource with input from people in and around Liverpool, together with their carers, advocates and service providers, BIHR is returning to the city to launch this important new tool on 22 March 2017.

Funded by a grant from the Department of Health, this resource makes an important contribution to the Transforming Care programme which aims to respond to failures in care and improve services for people living with learning disabilities and / or autism. Whilst learning disabilities and autism are not the same, people living with one or both often use similar services and face similar challenges in having their rights respected and protected. Learning Disability, Autism and Human Rights will support people to better understand their human rights, and how to resolve issues when services may be putting their rights at risk.

BIHR's Deputy Director, Sanchita Hosali says:

Too often we hear about how people living with a learning disability and/or autism are being failed by health and care services, whether it is the horrific abuse that has been documented in institutional settings, or the lack of choice and control people have over every day decisions such as where they live. At the British Institute of Human Rights we see the transformative power of our Human Rights Act in supporting people to make sure they are treated with dignity and respect. We are delighted to be back in Liverpool to launch Learning Disability, Autism and Human Rights, and make sure more people are empowered to know their human rights to truly transform care.

Details about Learning Disability, Autism and Human Rights:

The resource has been developed with an accessible translator and bespoke images. It includes information on how the Human Rights Act works in everyday life, covers some of the human rights that are most relevant to people living with autism and / or learning disabilities, how to identify whether you have a human rights issue and what actions you can take to resolve the issue (without having to go to court).

Download your free copy of the booklet by clicking on the image below.