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A living manifesto for a better life for people with learning disabilities.


The BELONG manifesto, launched by Beyond Words and Access All Areas, is a call to action for more inclusive communities everywhere.

When the institutionalisation of people with learning disabilities has ended...

  • and there is enough money to spend on food and essentials,

  • and there are opportunities to make some choices in life

  • and people with learning disabilities feel good about themselves

  • and their friends

  • and there is an end to being bullied, assaulted and called names

  • and everyone can access healthcare, education and employment, on equal terms

We will all BELONG.

Six ways we can be sure of feeling good about ourselves and our friends:

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How you can get involved


Since it was launched, people have been signing up to the manifesto and pledging simple and practical things they will do to help people belong, using the hashtag #LDBelong.

We want as many organisations and individuals as possible to sign up to the manifesto. If you’d like to sign-up, please email

Click here to download a printable version of the manifesto.


Individuals and organisations who have signed-up to the BELONG manifesto

Beyond Words

Access All Areas

Professor the Baroness Sheila Hollins

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

Blue Ribbon Health and Wellbeing

Learning Disability England

Dimensions and The Include Choir




Icons by:
Dan Hetteix
Milinda Courey
Daniela Baptista
Bakunetsu Kaito
Anniken & Andreas