CLARiTY: Capacity Law and Rights Information to You
The CLARiTY project (Capacity Law and Rights Information to You) was a collaboration between Rosie Harding from Birmingham Law School, Sophie O’Connell from Wolferstans Solicitors, Philipa Bragman and Bringing Us Together. We ran a series of six interaction zoom sessions from November 2020 – March 2021. The aim of the CLARiTY project was 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 were 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.
CLARiTY Project Report
In the CLARiTY Project Report, we report on the experience of running the CLARiTY Project. We provide detail on current legal duties to provide accessible information, reflect on our experiences of making law accessible to disabled people and family carers. We offer tips on how to make complex legal information more accessible, and make recommendations for legal service providers and regulators.
CLARiTY Session Summaries
What were CLARiTY Sessions, and what were they about?
CLARITY stands for Capacity Law and Rights Information to You. CLARiTY zoom sessions were aimed at people with learning disabilities, autistic people, people with brain injuries, dementia or other cognitive impairments and their family carers. CLARITY sessions took place using Zoom, were free, and open to all. We wanted 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 wrote a summary of what we talked about and posted online here: 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.
Session 1 Summary: Visiting Restrictions and Coping with Isolation
Session 2 Summary: Supporting Decision-Making
Session 3 Summary: Lasting Power of Attorney and Deputyship
Session 4 Summary: Banking, Accessible Information and Communication
Session 5 Summary: Challenging Care Act Decisions
Session 6 Summary: Where to get more Help and Support
Who funded the CLARITY project?