Helping people with learning disabilities exercise their right to autonomy
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Helping people with learning disabilities exercise their right to autonomy

Support autonomous decisions in people with learning disabilities by understanding the Mental Capacity Act 2005

World Continuing Education Alliance
Updated Dec 18, 2019

This module aims to give readers an overview of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and its role in supporting the right to autonomy of people who, because of their disability, may unreasonably and unjustifiably be excluded from decisions with which they should and can be involved. The module also considers situations in which people need support in making decisions and how such support can be given. Finally, it outlines the principles to be followed when making a decision on behalf of a person who lacks capacity.