What happens when people with learning disabilities need advice about the law?

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This research aimed to:

Eighteen focus groups with 90 people with learning disabilities, 26 interviews with family carers and 9 interviews with legal services professionals where carried out.

The research found that very few people with learning disabilities knew what legal services were or could be used for, they therefore seldom initiated contact with legal services by themselves. Family carers used legal services to secure their disabled relatives futures, but they only used services recommended by other family carers via online Forums.

These findings confirm that access to legal services for people with learning disabilities remains problematic. The study adds detail and depth to our understanding of the barriers that they face and provides potential solutions. 

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