Same Difference

People with learning disabilities can find themselves in care hundreds of miles from home and their loved ones, with little or no choice on how they should be looked after, campaigners say. Now there are calls for a change in the law to allow disabled people and their families the statutory right to decide what kind of care is best.

Sara Ryan’s son Connor Sparrowhawk was eighteen when he died during a stay at a care centre in Headington, Oxford. He had autism, epilepsy and a learning disability and had been staying at the centre for assessment for four months at the time of his death.

Angry that he had died in a place meant to keep him safe, Ryan started a social media campaign under the name Justice for LB (Connor’s nickname was Laughing Boy) which gathered a huge amount of support and funding towards legal representation for…

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