Change that leads to better lives

‘What is going on?’ - resetting the learning disability agenda NDTi Conference: 27 January

Chaired by experts by experience and NDTi, with leading thinkers from the sector, this conference is about what needs to happen to enable people with learning disabilities to lead a full and satisfying life as part of the community. It will take a rights-based approach to rediscovering what is important: employment, housing and relationships.

Expert speakers and facilitators such as Professor Chris Hatton: Centre for Disability Research, Lancaster University, Fiona Ritchie: Managing Director Learning Disabilities, Turning Point, and Rob Greig: Chief Executive, NDTi, & former government national director for learning disabilities, will share the latest research and lead workshops on people’s rights, housing, employment and relationships.

Sara Ryan and George Julian will deliver a key note on the need for and content of the LB Bill as well as running a workshop sharing experiences and lessons from the Justice for LB Campaign.

Rob Greig, Chief Executive of the National Development Team for Inclusion said:
“The learning disability agenda has been taken over by financial cuts and responding to crises such as Winterbourne View. Important though these are, they are not the whole picture. This conference will take a rights-based approach to refocusing on the lives that people with learning disabilities and their families really want at home, work and in the community.”

Professor Chris Hatton, Centre for Disability Research, Lancaster University said:
“Although cuts have been severe, over £7 billion of public money is currently spent on services for people with learning disabilities every year. Many people with learning disabilities and families aren’t getting the support they need, while at the same time public money is being spent on services that are actively harmful to people. This conference is the chance to ask some searching questions about the status of people with learning disabilities within England and how people and families are supported. If we started from a presumption of people with learning disabilities, families and allies being really in charge, what might the pattern of services and supports look like? And what are the practical steps to get there?”

The conference is aimed at commissioners, senior managers, strategists, partnership board members, elected members and service managers responsible for planning learning disability services, as well as provider organisations and people with learning disabilities and family carers.

It will take place on Tuesday 27 January 2015 at Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury.

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