The learning disability 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, employment and leisure 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:

Man and woman holding pink Treat me well sign.

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.

Download Mencap NI PDF Briefing Paper No.3 from October 2019.

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NIUSE - Future Funding for Disability Employment Services

The Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment (NIUSE), Policy Group has launched a briefing paper outlining concerns and potential opportunities regarding a proposed new fund for supported employment, to replace the European Social Fund. 

Download and read the paper as a PDF here.

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Mencap Priority Briefing Paper

Read Mencap NI's priority briefing paper PDF which focuses on:

  • sleep-ins
  • early intervention
  • social care
  • employment
  • youth and community issues. 
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Ordinary houses in ordinary streets

Read Mencap NI's PDF Briefing Paper No.2 from May 2018

Independent social care 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.

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All Party Group on Learning Disability

Priority issues for people with a learning disability in Northern Ireland.

Download the report from May 2018 as a PDF here.

The Link Me Project 

Changing the experience of older people with a learning disability in their communities.

The Link Me project was developed to address the complex and ingrained issue of isolation and loneliness amongst adults aged 55 and over with a learning disability.  

Download the report as a PDF here.

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.

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