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The challenge, however, is getting the right support. But there should be a balance between protecting people from abuse and enabling them to get into relationships, otherwise people are denied their right to do so.
Not being open or only dealing with issues in a reactive way is more likely to leave people vulnerable to abuse.
Professionals and caregivers also inappropriately apply the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to some people with learning disabilities, especially those with severe learning disabilities.
Special dating agencies can enable people with learning disabilities to find relationships and broaden their social networks.
The decade has seen a growth of friendship and dating groups for people with learning disabilities, including Heart Venture, Luv2meet U and matesndates.