Grant: £39,500
November 27, 2013

Grapevine help people with learning disabilities to get the life they want – to make their own choices and be part of their community. The LEF funded project is prompted by recent research into the problems accessing legal services experienced by people with learning disabilities. This potentially affects 1.5 million of the most vulnerable citizens of the UK.

The project will use current networks to make resources available to 50,000 solicitors, every law centre and CAB in the country, 42 national and 170 regional carer organisations, 50 local self-advocacy groups and a range of care and support service providers including educational material, practice notes and presentations on topics such as hate crime, discrimination and mental capacity.

The second strand of work provides material directly to the people with learning disabilities, their families and other supporters (including paid staff) to help recognise the types of legal issues that affect people with learning disabilities, what they should expect from legal services and how to work in partnership with local legal services to improve issues such as accessibility of information and adjustments to practice.

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