All Wales People First

Challenging the candidates We want you to… Value employment for people with learning disabilities Respect our right to real relationships Ensure real social justice Recognise and stop Disability hate crime

Front of card Value employment for people with learning disabilities We need real training and real jobs, real support from trained job centres and job coaches. We need employers to know we can work. Respect our right to real relationships, we want to have families and children and the support to look after them. All Wales People First
The National Voice of People with Learning Disabilities in Wales

Ensure real social justice The police, community support officers, courts and prisons need to understand and work with us

Recognise and stop hate crime because it’s something we face everyday. It’s name calling, shouting, bullying and violence. You need to record it
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ALL WALES PEOPLE FIRST CHALLENGING THE CANDIDATES BRIEFING SHEET Real relationships and family opportunities We want to have friendships, relationships and get married. 92% of people with learning disabilities are single and have never had a partner. We want a chance to be parents, this means giving us information and support to make our own decisions. Only 7% of people with learning disabilities have children and only half of those look after their own children. The conventional assumption has been that the intellectual limitations of the parent will, almost inevitably, lead to adverse outcomes for the child. There is now good evidence that abuse is rare amongst parents with learning difficulties, but the available evidence suggests that child protection authorities and courts frequently presume that parenting failure or child neglect are inevitable and irremediable Social services presume that we can’t look after our children and they are almost always taken away. We don’t have numbers for this because no one has ever counted. We have little or no support to look after children Human Rights Act Article 12 Right to marry Men and women of marriageable age [16] have the right to marry and to found a family, according to the national laws governing the exercise of this right.

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Value employment for people with learning disabilities We need to be able to have real jobs, with real pay. This means Job Centre+ staff need to be trained better. It means that we need good supported employment and good training. Day centres aren’t good enough any more, doing work experience for years isn’t helping any more. It’s difficult to obtain reliable numbers of people with learning disabilities in paid work. Published figures range from 11% (‘Valuing People – the Story So Far’, Greig, 2005) to 17% (the national survey of people with learning disabilities, Emerson et al., 2005). Whatever the exact figure, the fact is that very few people with learning disabilities have a job compared to those who want to work. The new Employment Support Allowance means more people with low support needs will be expected to work and we need good support to make sure this is successful. IN England there is Valuing Employment Now: real jobs for people with learning disabilities. This sets real targets that have to be achieved. North Lanarkshire have shown that a little investment and forward thinking really work They have found people with learning disabilities paid employment of 16 hours per week or more, with over 88.9% being found jobs of this type and moving on from day centres. The current employment rate for disabled people as a whole is 48%, closing this gap in today’s terms would mean 48% of people with moderate and severe learning disabilities in real jobs – or, in England, around 45,000 more people with moderate and severe learning disabilities in employment than we believe is currently the case. This should be a goal across the whole of the UK. The public sector like local authorities ands the NHS should set an example and set aside some of their jobs for people with learning disabilities.

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Social justice We aren’t taken seriously by the police and criminal justice system. A lot of people with learning disabilities go to prison and don’t get any support or help, in side or to give them the skills to move on afterwards. You need to train the police, courts, prisons, and community support officers to understand disability and give us the right support 20 – 30% of offenders have learning disabilities or difficulties that interfere with their ability to cope within the criminal justice system. Although most prisoners said they received help in court, over a fifth said they didn’t understand what was going on or what was happening to them. Almost half said they had been bullied while in prison. Recognise and stop hate disability crime In our everyday lives we face prejudice, bullying and ignorance. This stops us getting jobs, going to the pub and making friends. It also leads to hate crime. Almost everyone with a learning disability can tell you about being shouted at, name calling, being attacked and bullied. People plan their lives to avoid school buses because we will be shouted at. We don’t report it because it happens too often and because no one does anything.

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2008 2009

South Wales Police No data. 99

Disability hate crime Gwent Dyfed Powys Police Police No 4 data 56 3

North Wales Police 9 8

TOTAL 13 166

When things get so bad we report it, it isn’t recorded as a disability hate crime. The reported figures are far, far too low. We know it happens to us every day and the police have only recorded 166 crimes in a year. The news recently has too many stories of people being killed because they have a learning disability. Disability hate crime has to stop.

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Where We Got Our Information and Further Reading Real relationships and family opportunities Emerson, E; Malam, S; Davies, I; Spencer, K. (2005) Adults with Learning Difficulties in England 2003/04 Health and Social Care Information Centre Working Together with Parents Network (2008) Facts and figures about parents with learning disabilities in England Tarleton, B., Ward, L. and Howarth, J. (2006) Finding the Right Support? London: The Baring Foundation Guide to the Human Rights Act (Easy Read Version) Published by the Ministry of Justice March 2008 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/8344410.stm Value employment for people with learning disabilities Emerson, E; Malam, S; Davies, I; Spencer, K. (2005) Adults with Learning Difficulties in England 2003/04 Health and Social Care Information Centre Greig, R. (2005) ‘Valuing People’ – the story so far Bristol: Valuing People Support Team Dept of Health (2009) Valuing Employment Now: real jobs for people with learning disabilities. Beyer S (2008) An evaluation of the outcomes of supported employment in North Lanarkshire 2007 Social Justice Prison reform Trust (2009) No One Knows: OFFENDERS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES AND DIFFICULTIES Wales Briefing paper http://www.disabilitynow.org.uk/the-hate-crime-dossier

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