CLARITY: Capacity Law and Rights Information to You
This new project from the Everyday Decisions team (Professor Rosie Harding, and Magda Furgalska from Birmingham Law School) is a collaboration with Sophie O’Connell from Wolferstans Solicitors, Philipa Bragman and Bringing Us Together. We will be running a series of 6 CLARITY Sessions starting in November 2020. The aim of the CLARITY project is to improve access to justice for disabled people and family carers through enhancing understanding of mental capacity law and human rights. All of the partners in this project are passionate about making legal information accessible: we want to bring CLARITY to an area that is often made inaccessible by complicated systems and big words.
Disabled people and family carers are increasingly isolated as a consequence of the restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes to, and restrictions on, support services have been imposed through the Coronavirus Regulations. These have left family carers and people with learning disabilities unsure of their rights or of where to access information. This project will involve a series of monthly CLARITY Sessions on different capacity law and disability rights issues, targeted at family carers and people with learning disabilities.
What are CLARITY Sessions?
CLARITY stands for Capacity Law and Rights Information to You. These zoom sessions are aimed at people with learning disabilities, autistic people, people with brain injuries, dementia or other cognitive impairments and their family carers. We want to give you clear, accessible information about capacity law and rights, on topics that are important to you during the COVID-19 crisis.
After each CLARITY session, we will write up a report of what we talked about and post it on the www.legalcapacity.org.uk blog. We plan to make easyread versions of as many of the reports as we can, so that the information we discuss is as accessible as possible to as many people as possible.
How can I join a CLARITY Session?
CLARITY sessions took place using Zoom, are were free, and are open to all.
Session 1: Tuesday 10 November 2020, 7:30-9:30pm, Visiting Restrictions and Coping with Isolation: Summary of Session 1
Session 2: Tuesday 8 December 2020, 7:30-9:30pm, Supporting Decision-Making: Summary of Session 2
Session 3: Wednesday 13 January 2021, 7:30-9:30pm, Lasting Power of Attorney and Deputyship: Summary of Session 3
Session 4: Tuesday 9 February 2021, 7:30-9:30pm, Dialogue Session – Session summary coming soon
Session 5: Tuesday 2 March 2021, 7:30-9:30pm, Challenging Care Act Decisions – session summary coming soon
Session 6: Tuesday 23 March 2021, 7:30-9:30pm, Wrap-up session – Session summary coming soon
Download the CLARiTY Flyer for details of all six sessions in the CLARiTY project
How can I ask a question at a CLARITY session?
You can send your questions before the session to Magda, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll try our best to answer all of the questions that are asked before the session during the live session.
If you have a question during the session, you can use the zoom chat function, or put your hand up and ask away!
Where can I find the CLARITY Session Summaries?
CLARITY summaries will be published as soon as possible after each session at www.legalcapacity.org.uk. We’ll also tweet about them from our project twitter account @legalcapacity why don’t you follow us, so that you’re the first to see our reports?
Who is funding the CLARITY project?