Even before a person with a learning disability develops dementia, they are likely to have been subjected to discrimination as a result of other people’s attitudes towards them.
You may have seen examples of discrimination when you have supported a person in the community, or even from supporting a person to access healthcare or other services that you might take for granted in your personal life.
If a person with a learning disability then develops dementia, discrimination can be compounded through the mistaken beliefs of other people or attitudes from within communities.
People from minority groups like BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic), LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) and traveller communities are amongst other sectors of society that face increased discrimination, and if a person with a learning disability also aligns themselves with one of these groups they are likely to be subjected to even greater levels of marginalisation and discrimination.
Contents of this mini book:
Definition of discrimination
Why people with a learning disability are at increased risk of discrimination
Additional discrimination seen when people have Dementia
Definition of Stigma
Why stigma is historically a BIG problem in Dementia
The importance of challenging stigma to support living well
What has been done to tackle stigma?
The national ambition for reducing discrimination and stigma
How discrimination and stigma can make a person feel
Recognising discrimination and stigma in everyday life
How to support a person when they are the subject of discrimination or stigma
How you can avoid being discriminatory or stigmatising