Having a learning difficulty is a lifelong challenge but how dull would the world be if we were all the same? How do we really get it right for every child and young person so that they have a chance to shine? And what does success look like?
Behaviours that may challenge are a result of a mismatch between individual needs and the support being offered. The aim has to be to offer a better fit, based in individual choice and preferences. If an individual is supported how they want to be supported, by people they want to be supported by, to do the things they want to do, behaviours that challenge do not occur. It is up to all those involved in an individual’s support to provide the flexibility, imagination and commitment to positive risk taking to ensure this happens. An example of this in practice and the lessons to learn that still need to take place.
Carers of people with learning disabilities are often unique amongst Carers. Many will experience a lifetime of caring for a son, daughter or sibling with learning disabilities but are often overlooked when it comes to providing support for them to carry out their vitally important caring duties.
Natalie will be introducing Kirsty and her support staff to provide a real life case study about her experience of living with autism. Kirsty will be sharing her experience of being misunderstood, excluded and sectioned. Kirsty will be sharing the things that have helped her to get to a better place and have had a positive impact on her life
Ruth had been living in a long stay hospital for many years and her quality of life was poor. Good partnership working and great person-centred support has transformed Ruth’s life and she wants to tell her story.
Nordoff Robbins is the largest music therapy charity in the UK and works with people experiencing a wide range of illness and disabilities, in many different settings. Our team of music therapists have extensive experience of working with children and young adults with autism, enabling them to realise more of their creative and communicative potential through music. This presentation will focus on a case study of varying music therapy work at a specialist school for children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, highlighting how the specialist use of music in this setting can enable students with additional learning difficulties to access school life as well as the therapeutic benefits of interactive music making.
Tony will be sharing his story with you about his recent experiences around raising awareness of learning disabilities.
Only 16% of autistic adults are in full-time paid employment and the proportion is even lower for those with associated learning difficulties. Seashell Trust’s Royal College Manchester educates young adults with severe/profound learning and communication difficulties, giving them the skills they need to live more independently and make decisions about their lives. For many of our students, this includes progression into supported employment.
In this case study, we look at how our students with severe learning difficulties and autism develop the skills they need for work, try different work experience options, make decisions about jobs they enjoy and secure offers of paid or voluntary employment after they leave college.
What can be done to enable people with learning difficulties access to domestic abuse support and to Marac? How can we make sure they become - and stay - safe?
How do we increase understanding and acceptance across all of society for those who process and experience the world differently and ensure they are afforded the same life chances as everyone else?
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