The learning disability A learning disability is to do with the way someone's brain works. It makes it harder for someone to learn, understand or do things. issues that matter to you, matter to us too.
We work in partnership with people with a learning disability in Northern Ireland to change laws and improve services and access to education Education is when you learn things. When you fill in a form to get a job, education means you write where you went to school, college or university. , employment Employment means having a job. and leisure Leisure is when you have time to do things you enjoy like playing sports or going to the pub. facilities.
One way we do this is to produce a range of research and briefing papers to influence government departments, political parties and other organisations to make sure the voice of learning disability is clearly heard in Northern Ireland.
How to get involved
If you are interested in getting involved in Mencap NI’s research and policy work, please contact:
- Karen Gilgunn (Senior Communications Lead (NI))
- 028 9063 01351.
Why youth work matters for young people with a learning disability
This paper discusses the impact that youth work has on young people with a learning disability, and why there should be increased access for young people to these services across NI
Good practice in early development support for children with a learning disability
Highlighting the need for specialised training for Early Years Practitioners to support children with a learning disability.
Employ Me: Mencap NI Briefing Paper No.4
Supporting people with a learning disability towards and into employment.
By Mary Anne Webb with Mencap NI Employment Service An employment service is a place that can help you get a job. This might be a job centre or an organisation.
My Health, My Life: Barriers to healthcare for people with a learning disability during the pandemic
We explain the healthcare inequalities people with a learning disability have faced during the coronavirus pandemic, and what we think needs to change.
Read the full report Here
Read the easy read Easy Read is a way of making written information easier to understand. Pictures are usually added next to the writing. version Here
Treat Me Well: Children - Your rights in hospital
We have developed these resources to help ensure that children with a learning disability (aged 0 to 5) get the support they need when they are in hospital and how reasonable adjustments can be made.
This guide is about making reasonable adjustments.
Treat Me Well Report: Mencap NI Briefing Paper No.3
Mencap NI are calling for equal access to healthcare for people with a learning disability in Northern Ireland with our ‘Treat Me Well’ report on health inequalities.
Ordinary houses in ordinary streets
Independent social care Social care means the services that give care and support to people who need it. and housing solutions for people with a learning disability.
This paper presents an overview of Mencap’s Personal Support service in Northern Ireland and discusses the main barriers to independent living and makes recommendations for wider policy and practice.
Creating Brighter Futures
Early Intervention for young children with a learning disability.
Download Mencap NI's PDF Briefing Paper No1 from January 2018.
The briefing paper highlights why early intervention is important for young children with a learning disability and their families and what Mencap NI is doing to improve their outcomes.