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CLARITY: Capacity Law and Rights Information to You

CLARiTY: Capacity Law and Rights Information to YouThis 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 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, Banking, Accessible Information and Communication: Summary of Session 4

Session 5: Tuesday 2 March 2021, 7:30-9:30pm, Challenging Care Act Decisions: Summary of Session 5

Session 6: Tuesday 23 March 2021, 7:30-9:30pm, Where to get more Help and Support: Summary of Session 6

Download the CLARiTY Flyer for details of all six sessions in the CLARiTY project

Where can I find the CLARITY Session Summaries?

Follow the links above! CLARITY summaries will be published as soon as possible after each session at 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?

The project is funded by the ESRC IAA @ UoB, and supported by Wolferstans Solicitors, Bringing Us Together, and the Leverhulme Trust.
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University of Birmingham Birmingham Law School

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Leverhulme Trust