Learning Disabilities and Autism: Equality and Empowerment

  • Thursday, 15 April 2021
  • The Studio, Manchester
  • 08:30 - 16:30
150+
Conference
Attendees
10
CPD
Credits
14+
Expert Speakers
20+
Sponsors & Supporters
  • Overview

Mitigating learning disabilities and autism's potential to curtail aspirations and life chances of individuals has never been more important - or achievable, than it is today. 

Prior to COVID-19 this vulnerable group received inequitable consideration in supporting their health and wellbeing, access to appropriate education provision, suitable housing, meaningful employment and community services. The pandemic has compounded their circumstances, with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Office for National Statistics (ONS) highlighting the uneven impact the pandemic and measures to control the virus have had on people living with learning disabilities or autism - demonstrated in the 134% increase in deaths between April 10th and May 15th 2020 compared to the previous year. Significant advances in emerging technologies as well as shifts in how people living with learning disabilities and/or autism are portrayed in the media and civic society, can have transformative impacts on their quality of life. 

Open Forum Events is proud to be recognised as a leading organiser of national conferences informed by the experiences of people living with or affected by learning disabilities and autism, driving forward the agenda of what can be done to support them. Next year's conference will mark our seventh annual event providing a platform for learning through keynotes, panels, knowledge sharing and dissemination of best practice - discussing challenging topics, debating contentious issues and assessing the way forward.

Conference delegates will take away the following benefits of attending:

  • 10 CPD Points.
  • Discover how technology is promoting better outcomes and supporting individuals to express themselves, build confidence and maximise employment opportunities.
  • Examine the diverse impacts COVID-19 measures are having on people living with learning disabilities and/or autism - decide the appropriate, positive support that can be pursued to support individuals; as well as reviewing how preventable health inequalities have been detrimental to the community, leading to avoidable deaths during the pandemic. 
  • Receive data-driven and personal insights into where growing prejudices, discrimination and hate crime against people living with learning disabilities and/or autism is taking place; learn best practices for safeguarding individuals from online harms.
  • Confirmed Speakers

Event Sponsors and Supporters

  • Event Programme

08:30

Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area

09:25

Chair’s Opening Address

09:30

Keynote Address

  • Christine-Koulla Burke, FPLD and Inequalities Lead, Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (confirmed)
  • Patricia Charlesworth, Expert by Experience, Foundation for People with Learning Disabilties (confirmed)
"Prevention - What Works?"

This presentation from the Foundation for People Living with Learning Disabilities will look at the role(s) of prevention and early intervention in the development of support networks that help people with learning disabilities maximise their opportunities throughout life.

 

The conference keynote will be co-delivered by Christine, a senior leader who has worked across the sector in roles at the Mental Health Foundation and Institute of Applied Health and Social Policy at KCL before joining the FPLD - and Patricia. Now 72, Pat was born with a learning disability and overcame the outdated attitudes of the day to become an advocate, campaigner, researcher and member of the national network for palliative care for people with a learning disability, as well as helping write NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidance on growing older with a learning disability.

09:50
  • Joanne Silkstone, Learning and Development Manager, United Response (confirmed)
"Tackling Discrimination, Prejudice and Hate Crime"

United Response’s ‘Am I Your Problem?’ campaign challenges the indifference, discrimination and sometimes outright hostility shown towards people with learning disabilities or autism. The charity polled 150+ people it supported about their experiences within different social settings; the widespread prejudices and, in some instances, malice they face is often not acknowledged, recognised or reported as a hate crime. Joanne will be co-presenting alongside a person born with learning disabilities who will share their personal experience(s) of discrimination.

10:10

Headline Sponsor

10:30

Question and Answer Session

Christine-Koulla Burke, FPLD and Inequalities Lead, Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (confirmed)

Patricia Charlesworth, Expert by Experience, Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (confirmed)

Joanne Silkstone, Learning and Development Manager, United Response (confirmed)

Speaker TBA

10:50

Coffee in the Networking Area

11:35
  • Sarah Egley, Assistant Director Improvement, Innovation and Assurance, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (confirmed)
  • Tracey Brailsford, Clinical Effectiveness Lead & Operational Quality Support Team Lead, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust (confirmed)
"How do we Measure ‘True’ Implementation of the NHS Learning Disabilities and Standards from a Patient and Staff Perspective?"

Sarah and Tracey will present on their experience of implementing the Learning Disabilities and Autism NHS Standards into an NHS Trust; providing delegates with a pathway for doing so themselves in a manner that ensures meaningful collaboration with carers and people who have a learning disability or autism.

11:55

Case Study

This slot is reserved for organisations looking to engage delegates with services and opportunities that compliment conference presentation and discussion panel topics. If you're interested in delivering a Case Study, contact us on 0161 376 9007.

12:15
"Mind of My Own - Express"

All children should be able to give voice to their lived experience - this is particularly important for younger children, even more so for those with a learning disability. Express is a co-designed, innovative and user-friendly app from Mind of My Own that helps children as young as two and those with additional needs express their views, wishes and feelings in a fun, digital way that’s easy for workers to understand and evidence. 

12:35

Question and Answer Session

Sarah Egley, Assistant Director of Improvement, Innovation and Assurance, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (confirmed)

Tracey Brailsford, Clinical Effectiveness Lead & Operational Quality Support Team Lead, Derbyshire Community Health Service NHS Foundation Trust (confirmed)

Jill Thorburn, Director, Mind of My Own (confirmed) 

Speaker TBA

13:15

Lunch in the Networking Area

We'll be working with venues to ensure lunch at our events is as delicious as ever and caters for a range of dietary preferences - whilst being served in a safe and seamless manner. Some of the new measures we will be introducing to this effect are:

  • One-way queuing systems with safe distancing in operation.
  • Individual snacking bags containing fruit, trail mix and sweets provided on arrival - this will prevent people mixing around snack bars during networking breaks.
  • Individually portioned dishes and pre-sealed cutlery will be served at collection points.  

Where possible, we will request food is sourced locally to reduce food miles, use seasonal vegetables, red tractor certified meat and eggs from free range hens.

14:15

Chair’s Afternoon Address

14:20
  • Richard Everitt, Programme Manager: Optical Services Commissioning, NHS England and NHS Improvement (confirmed)
"NHS England Special School Eyecare Programme"

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 28x 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; astonishingly, almost half (44%) have never received a sight test or any other kind of eyecare service.

 

NHS England's Special School Eyecare Programme aims to provide a comprehensive eyecare service that goes beyond the provision of sight tests alone. For example, children who require glasses 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.

14:40

Case Study

This slot is reserved for organisations looking to engage delegates with services and opportunities that compliment conference presentation and discussion panel topics. If you're interested in delivering a Case Study, contact us on 0161 376 9007.

15:00
  • Sue Stevenson, Chief Operating Officer, Healthwatch Cumbria (confirmed)
"Everyone has a Voice"

This Healthwatch Cumbria (HWC) project explores the extent to which service provision for people with learning difficulties supported them to have a “good” life. Five surveys were used to generate feedback from commissioners, providers, social workers, families/carers and people with learning disabilities. The recommendations are being delivered through the Cumbria Learning Disability and Autism Partnership Board.

15:20

Question and Answer Session

Richard Everitt, Programme Manager, Optical Services Commissioning, NHS England and NHS Improvement (confirmed)

Sue Stevenson, Chief Operating Officer, Healthwatch Cumbria (confirmed)

Speaker TBA

15:40

Afternoon Refreshment Break

16:00

Making Policy to Promote Equality and Empower People with LD & Autism

Les Neal, Independent Autism Consultant

Speaker TBA

Speaker TBA

Speaker TBA

16:30

Chair’s Closing Remarks and Event Close

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  • Gain 10 CPD Points.
  • Hear from case studies exploring how people with learning disabilities can and have been supported to maximise their life chances, employment opportunities, educational achievement and live with a greater degree of independence - to an extent previously considered unattainable, thanks in-part to advances in the application of emerging technologies and shifts in cultural attitudes toward learning disabilities. 
  • Learn why prevention and early intervention measures are crucial in setting-up a better quality of life for individuals in the future.
  • Gain insight into how the LD and Autism NHS Standards can be implemented within a Community Trust in a manner that ensures meaningful collaboration with carers and people who have a learning disability or autism.
  • Hear from the NHS England Special School Eyecare Programme - transforming eye care for children with learning disabilities and delivering a comprehensive eyecare service that goes beyond the provision of sight tests alone; set in the context of children with LD or autism being 28x more likely to have serious sight issues in comparison with the general population. 
  • See first-hand demonstrations of the meaningful difference new technologies are making in the lives of people with learning disabilities. 
  • Learn more about how healthcare inequalities impacting the lives of people living with learning disabilities or autism can be addressed and the same level of protection assured to them as is experienced by the rest of the population.
  • Benefit from the opportunity to discuss, share knowledge and best practices with fellow professionals as well as networking with speakers, delegates and sponsors in a safe and seamless environment.
  • Listen to people with diverse experiences of living with learning disabilities or autism and develop best practices informed by their circumstances in safeguarding from online harm(s), establishing good support networks and implementing/engaging with NHS initiatives. 
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Venue

The Studio, Manchester

The Studio, Manchester

Situated in the heart of Manchester's iconic Northern Quarter and just a couple of minutes walk away from the city's major transport links; The Studio is a spacious, contemporary meeting centre atop The Hive building on Lever St.     

Whatever the legendary Manchester weather has to throw at you, you’ll always find the warmest of welcomes at The Studio.

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who will attend

  • Carer
  • Clinical Commissioning Group member
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Councillor
  • Direct Payment Team member
  • Director / Manager of Care Homes
  • Director of Adult Mental Health Services
  • Director of Adult Safeguarding
  • Director of Adult Social Services
  • Director of Community / Domiciliary Care
  • Director of Disability Services
  • Director of Older People's Services
  • Director of Public Health
  • Director of Supported / Sheltered Housing
  • Doctor
  • DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) Co-Ordinator
  • Health and Wellbeing Boards member
  • Health Visitor
  • Learning Disability / Disability Liaison Nurse
  • Neighbourhood and Community Policing Team member
  • Nurse
  • Outreach worker
  • Personalisation and Self-Directed Support Team member
  • Probation Officer
  • Safeguarding Adults Board member
  • Senior Police Personnel
  • Support Worker