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Royal Mencap Society

The voice of learning disability


- We can offer advice and guidance on making relationships and sex education for people with a learning disability accessible



Many people with a learning disability say that relationships are important to them. Yet, only 3% of people with a learning disability live as a couple, compared to 70% of the general adult population. People with a learning disability should have their sexuality rights recognised, accepted and respected – and be able to fulfil their right to develop positive, healthy, informed and safe intimate or sexual relationships. Mencap believe that for this to happen: • People with a learning disability, as well as family members and staff carers, must have access to high quality, accessible sex education and support to ensure they feel empowered to make safe and informed choices. In order to enable decision making, this information should be fully accessible and cover all aspects of sexual wellbeing and relationships.