Open Forum Events is proud to be recognised as one of the leading organisers of events focusing on the current issues faced by people living with or affected by a learning disability and/or autism.
The Learning Disabilities and/or Autism: Choice, Inclusion, Control and Independence conference will be no exception in promoting the need for better care provision and services, providing a platform to discuss the solutions, share knowledge and disseminate best practice.
The event will focus on driving the improvement agenda forward as we emerge from the pandemic crisis, reigniting the ambition to enhance the lives of people with a learning disability and/or autism.
Regular attendees at this conference series will recognise yet another quality plenary programme featuring pertinent and relevant topics, delivered by expert speakers. Designed to allow for maximum information exchange, shared experience and participant interaction, delegates will gain valuable insight and knowledge that can be utilised within both a professional and personal capacity.
Life events affect all in society such as: suffering with poor physical and mental health, entering education, falling foul of the criminal justice system, gaining employment, securing accommodation, identifying as LGBTQI+, death and dying, however, for people with a learning disability and/or autism these situations have added complexities. In the quest for equality, the conference will explore some of these issues and look to seek potential solutions.
This event will aim to accelerate the momentum to transform and improve the provision available to people with learning disability and/or autism. Benefit from the learning experience, engage with the conversation and be part of the narrative by joining us at this well-established CPD accredited conference.
In partnership with Embrace Resilience we are offering all delegates a package of free e-learning courses worth £60 when you register for this event.
These courses are used widely across learning disability, health, and care sectors. and meet CQC requirements for training and development. In addition to the courses, delegates will have free access to download a toolkit including planners and journals to help with their own personal resilience.
We will send a list of courses from which you can select your free 5 course package after you register.
Ciara will be talking about people with a learning disability being heard and about her career at Mencap helping to speak up for the rights of people with a learning disability
Over 2000 people spent last Christmas in an ATU. For most, it was at least their second consecutive Christmas inside. Sinead will invite delegates to lend their support to ten co-produced policy points designed to help people leave institutional care once and for all.
In his presentation, Dr Andre Strydom will present how he and his co-researchers will add to the ongoing development of improved healthcare for people with learning disabilities and / or autism by analysing information from life and death reviews (LeDeR programme).
Particular focus will be applied to the recent addition of people with autism to the LeDeR programme and why it is important to gather reliable information on the lives and deaths of autistic people.
Allocated planned time for speakers to receive questions from the audience and induce further discussion.
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Pat and Peter, Co-Chairs of the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, will explain what impact the pandemic has had for those with a learning disability and/or autism.
Last year a project was launched in the Paediatric Emergency Medicine department at The Royal Oldham Hospital to teach staff members Signalong sign language to communicate effectively with children with additional communication needs. It was a very successful project and engaged the whole multi-disciplinary team. It continues to this day and won the Northern Care Alliance staff award for Research, Innovation and Education at the end of 2021. This presentation will outline the successful implementation of signing into the daily delivery of care of children in Oldham.
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.
Dave and Chris will provide an overview of Eden Futures specialist bungalow supported living accommodation and how this environment is assisting people with complex needs and behaviours that challenge to move out of MH health hospital provision, which enables the individual to have their own front door and a place they can call home in a community setting
The experiences and support needs of LGBTQI+ people.
Eli and Shaun will share their experiences and views of barriers, discrimination and solutions. This talk will also include information about CHANGE’s LGBTQI+ inclusion project Out Spoken
Childhood acquired brain injury is the biggest cause of death and disability in children and young people; yet it is the least recognised, least understood and least supported disability which has devastating life-long consequences for children and young people.
The NHS estimates that up to 500,000 children below the age of 16 attend A&E with a head injury every year. Many will have sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) that will not have been diagnosed. 90% of these children are discharged with no further follow up.
Public Health Data estimates that by the age of 4 years old, 50% of young children will have sustained a TBI during their early childhood.
The Government recently estimated that 1/6 children, in every classroom, in every school across the UK, is living with the hidden effects of an undiagnosed traumatic brain injury.
This presentation is based on real world lived-experience will cover childhood acquired brain injury; it’s significance in the 0-25 population; and its negative long term impact on children and young people as they move through education and into adulthood.
Drawing on the experience of someone with lived experience, this session will look briefly at why people with a learning disability might offend, how they can be supported as they go through the criminal justice system and what we can do to help them avoid reoffending.
An overview of our supported internship programme for young people with Learning Disabilities and Autism leading to employment outcomes including a video by the young people themselves.
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