Living in fear: the need to combat bullying of people with a learning disability

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A survey by Mencap of people with a learning disability has found that nearly nine out of ten respondents have experienced bullying in the last year. Two-thirds are bullied on a regular basis and almost one-third are suffering from bullying on a daily or weekly basis. People with a learning disability face prejudice and widespread discrimination that often makes them feel like outcasts and prevents them from taking a full part in society. Public attitudes in the United Kingdom towards people with a learning disability remain discriminatory. The Mencap survey suggests that the bullying of people with a learning disability is institutionalised throughout society. There are 1.2 million people with a learning disability in the United Kingdom. They need to be recognised as valuable members of society with the same rights as others. Yet people with a learning disability face discrimination in all areas of their lives - on public transport, at work, in shops and leisure centres and even in residential homes and day centres.

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learning disabilities, residential care, stereotyped attitudes, surveys, transport, bullying, day centres, disability discrimination, discrimination, employment;
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