I'm with Sam

Community Living this month Vol 30 No 3, spring 2017 p17 and 18 has showcased a new campaign from the national learning disability charity Dimensions, called I'm with Sam. This is to fight back against learning disability and autism hate crime.

The eight objectives for the campaign are:

  • Separate disability hate statistics into learning disability/autism and other disabilities
  • Change the law to make disability hate a crime online
  • Department of Education to adapt resources to support all schools with positive messages around difference
  • Manufacturers to incorporate greater learning disability sensitivity into toys and games
  • Department of Health guidance to help families and staff identify and manage hate crime
  • Crown Prosecution Service to improve investigation protocols when learning disabled victims are involved
  • Improve Home office training and resources for police officers and funded self-advocates to provide specialist victim support
  • Evaluation of effectiveness of new coercive behaviour legislation on people with learning disabilities