Living Well with Autism: Beyond the Limitations
- 28 May 2015
- 08:00 - 13:30
- Manchester Conference Centre
There has been increasing acknowledgment as to the challenges that people with learning disabilities and/or autism face and the drive to ensure that individuals are not disadvantaged or have their life chances curtailed continues. However, further progress and improvements are needed to allow for people to be supported to achieve and reach full potential, rather than just be cared for.
Open Forum Events is proud to be recognised as one of the leading organisers of events focusing on the circumstances and current situation for people living with or affected by a learning disability and/or autism.
The Learning Disabilities and Autism: Equality and Empowerment conference will be no exception in providing a platform to improve the lives of individuals through a series of presentations, discussions, knowledge sharing and dissemination of best practice.
Sadly, it is still the case that there are many discrepancies in the care and opportunities people with learning disabilities and/or autism experience, as compared to the general population. This vulnerable group receives inequitable consideration in supporting their health and wellbeing and access to education, housing, employment and community services. It was well documented that people with learning disabilities and/or autism suffer from premature death before the emergence of Covid 19, however, the pandemic has further exasperated the situation with both the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reporting an significant rise in deaths within this cohort and the Office of National Statistics (NAO) highlighting the uneven impact of coronavirus on different groups.
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People with learning disabilities and/or autism face inequalities in every aspect of their lives. Accessing the right and most appropriate education provision can be difficult and hinder future life chances. The opportunities to secure meaningful employment are in short supply and together with a lack of suitable living accommodation curtails the option for people to live independent lives.
Within the community there are also situations that need to be overcome which include discrimination, prejudice and hate crime. The charity United Response has launched a campaign ‘Am I Your Problem’ to challenge the general public to consider the harm they may be inflicting on people with learning disabilities and autism through their actions and behaviour. Prejudicial attitudes can be a factor in social withdrawal, leading to feelings of loneliness and isolation.
One of the greatest areas of inequality is in health and wellbeing. People with a learning disability and/or autism are more likely to suffer from worse physical and mental health than that of the general population. Premature deaths are of concern with men dying 23 years earlier than those in the general population and women 27 years earlier. It is known that many of these early deaths are from avoidable causes.
Figures released by The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have revealed that the pandemic could also be impacting inequitably on the lives of people with learning disabilities and/or autism. There was a 134% increase in deaths between 10th April and 15th May 2020, compared to the previous year. Of the 386 people who have died, 206 died, or were thought to have died, because of coronavirus.
Harry Roche, Ambassador at Mencap who has a learning disability, said:
“I feel very shocked by the news that there has been a 134% increase in the number of deaths of people with a learning disability, and I am worried that people with a learning disability are being forgotten in this crisis. We talk about COVID-19 all the time and the threat we are facing but no one is considering people with a learning disability, or people with a disability more generally, who are vulnerable.
People with a learning disability already face problems getting equal access to healthcare, ……….. and we cannot let this crisis make that even worse.”
Join us at The Learning Disabilities and Autism: Equality and Empowerment conference where 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 and/or autism.
Prevention and early intervention in developing positive support that helps people to have a good life.
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Jo will be co presenting with a person with a learning disability who will share their experiences.
United Response’s ‘Am I Your Problem?’ campaign challenges the hidden indifference, discrimination and sometimes outright hostility towards people with learning disabilities or autism. The charity asked more than 150 people it supported about their experiences within different social settings. The widespread hostility and prejudice they face is often not acknowledged, recognised or reported as a hate crime.
Sarah and Tracey would like to present about their experience of implementing the LD and autism NHS standards into a community trust, in a meaningful way ensuring they collaborated with people who have a LD or autism and their carers.
All children should have their voices heard. This is especially the case for those with a learning disability and younger children.
Express solves this problem. It’s a co-designed, innovative and user-friendly app that helps them express their views, wishes and feelings in a fun way that’s easy for workers to understand and evidence.
A hot, two-course lunch consisting of multiple options will be provided for delegates. We cater for all dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten/dairy-free; just notify us ahead of time should you have any allergens or requirements.
This Healthwatch Cumbria –(HWC) project explores the extent to which service provision for people with learning difficulties supported them to have a “good” life. 5 surveys were used to gain feedback from commissioners, providers, social workers, families/carers and people with learning difficulties. The recommendations are being delivered through the Cumbria Learning Disability and Autism Partnership Board
(two or three sentences outlining the theme of the presentation) Working closely with SeeAbility and experts from across the optical learning disability and SEND profession, NHS England has developed a new service that will transform eye care for children with learning disabilities and autism within a special school environment. This group of children are 28 x more likely to have serious sight issues in comparison with the general population, and approximately one third of them will need glasses. However, despite their greater need, research highlights that only 10% of these children have accessed services at a community optician, and 44% have never received a sight test or any other kind of eyecare service.
This programme aims to provide a comprehensive eyecare service that goes beyond the provision of sight tests alone. Children who require glasses for example will have them dispensed on the school premises, avoiding the need to redeem optical vouchers in optometry practices. And every child will receive a report written in plain English for parents and teachers that explains what the child can see, with advice and guidance on the strategies that can be adopted in the classroom and at home to improve the child’s level of engagement with their immediate environment. These reports will also feed into the child’s Education, Health and Care Plans.
The special school service represents an important first step towards NHS England’s broader ambition to improve access to sight tests for all people with a learning disability and autism, including children in mainstream schools and adults.
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