Improving Lives: Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities
- 08:30 - 16:15
- Manchester Conference Centre
Open Forum Events are delighted to be hosting their inaugural event focusing on the latest developments affecting people with a learning disability in the UK. The Improving Lives: Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities conference will highlight the issues facing those living with learning disability, with the aim to provide positive insight to challenge and overcome some of the barriers to an improved quality of life.
In the UK there are 1.5million people with a learning disability. In England, 905,000 adults, aged 18+, fall into this category.
In 2011 Panorama exposed the appalling abuse that occurred at Winterbourne View. The government reacted by making a commitment, alongside leading health and social care organisations, to transform the care and improve the lives of those living with a learning disability. Sir Stephen Bubb was commissioned to report and make recommendations as to how to expedite transformation in care provision. The Transforming Care Delivery Plan aims to ensure that people have the right to the same opportunities as anyone else, be treated with the same dignity and respect as any other individual and to live satisfying and valued lives.
The Improving Lives: Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities event seeks to provide a platform for those working with individuals with learning disabilities to help them gain a greater understanding of how services have progressed since 2011. The conference agenda has been designed to reflect on what impact the transformation programme has had to date and how much more needs to be done to ensure people with learning disabilities are afforded improved opportunities, better care and a superior quality of life. Attendees will hear from a line-up of expert speakers who will discuss challenging topics, debate contentious issues and analyse the way forward. Delegates will gain a true understanding of the current thinking which can be applied and positively contribute to their own circumstances, organisations and working practices to improve the lives of all those touched by learning disability.
The Transforming Care Programme was established in the wake of the investigation into the Winterbourne View scandal. Further revelations in the Mazars report, which was an independent review of deaths of people with learning disabilities who came into contact with Southern Health NHS FT, has further cemented the need for considerable improvement in the way people with learning difficulties or disabilities are treated.
People with learning disabilities should be enabled to live full lives, with more opportunities and less exposure to harm, as well as experience health outcomes in line with the wider general population.
One of the key partners in delivering community-based alternatives to assessment and treatment centres are specialist providers of social care. There is a need to move away from a model which is dominated by health to one involving partnership between people themselves, their families and carers, appropriate parts of the health service and social care providers.
Preparing for adulthood needs to start early in order for young people with SEND to have the same life opportunities as their peers.
A successful transition to adulthood depends on having high aspirations, early and effective planning, putting the young person at the centre of the process to help them prepare for the changes ahead and support their choices in areas such as employment, housing, having friends and relationships, being part of their community and enjoying good health.
What does talent look like? Can you recognise it in your organisation? Tapping into a diverse talent pool can bring great benefits to your organisation. This presentation will demonstrate how you can support your diverse talent in the workplace with assistive technology.
The journey of one individual through personalised, positive behaviour support and the control gained from this approach, to where they are today.
Communication is vital in ensuring that people can express themselves and make sense of the world around them. It is vital that families and people who work with, or care and support people with learning disabilities are able to communicate in a way that is accessible for the recipient. For people with learning disabilities communication is essential for them to be able to express themselves and engage with the world around them.
Although disabled people are more likely to be in employment now than they were in 2002, there remains a persistent gap between the employment rates of disabled and non-disabled adults. According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre, the percentage of people with learning disabilities in paid employment has decreased over the past four years in England dropping from 7.1% to 6% meaning fewer than 10,000 people are in real, fully paid jobs.
People with learning disabilities are exposed to inequalities in healthcare provision. They are entitled to receive the same quality of care as non-disabled people and health providers are expected to make reasonable adjustments to ensure services are accessible to all. Healthcare professionals should be able to anticipate the needs of disabled people and strive to provide the same level of service as for non-disabled patients.
Why learning disabled artists need to be taken seriously as professional artists and not seen as engaging in “therapeutic activities”. Two learning disabled artists will talk about their work and how they are helping to change attitudes to learning disabled people, how they can be leaders and what our communities can learn from them about inclusion and collaboration.
People with learning disabilities and their families have the right to be regarded with dignity and respect and be offered the same opportunities to make choices and decisions about their own lives as enjoyed by any other individual. Having their voices heard and listened to is a powerful force to ensure that they have more control over their own lives.
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