To continue to shape the narrative surrounding support services for people with autism, autistic people with a learning disability and people with a learning disability, Open Forum Events invite you to attend the Learning Disabilities and/or Autism: Enabling Change-Delivering Improvement conference.
Previous events have enjoyed a coming together of like-minded individuals, dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with learning disabilities and /or autism, to discuss and debate the challenges and seek to devise enhanced support services. The Spring conference received excellent feedback with attendees commenting:
“I thought this event was brilliant – so much passion and knowledge from professionals, as well as those individuals who presented with a LD/ Autism. I’ve got a huge amount to look into”
“Brilliant day, I was engaged throughout, have learnt so much, thank you”
“Absolutely fantastic day, wonderful to see people with LD+A being included & represented too, Thank You”
“Great Day, would attend in the future”
“Everything, content and presentations amazing”
Following consultation with key stakeholders, the agenda for this bi-annual conference has once again been designed to provide a platform for delegates to be informed of the latest developments, gain a greater understanding of the current initiatives and be inspired by the conference content.
Attendees will hear from a line-up of expert speakers, with contributions from people with lived experience providing a reality check, along with other presenters who will look to disseminate information, discuss challenging topics, debate contentious issues, and analyse the way forward. Interaction between delegates, speakers and conference investors is actively encouraged with allocated time for question and answer sessions, casual knowledge sharing and peer to peer networking.
Book your place today at the Learning Disabilities and/or Autism: Enabling Change-Delivering Improvement conference to ensure you are part of the ‘call to action’ for real change.
The Government’s SEND and alternative provision green paper was published at the end of March 2022. It sets out extensive proposals for reform of the current legal framework for supporting children and young people with SEND. During the presentation Ali will explore the impact of the proposals on existing rights and entitlements.
LeDeR programme in Southend Essex and Thurrock (SET) showed us that the high incidence of pneumonia was linked to a pattern of early frailty which was not being identified and that local people with LD were not accessing mainstream frailty services. During the COVID pandemic we also recognised that standard frailty tools were over-identifying people with LD as frail and this was influencing DNAR and clinical decision making.
ELDP (provider of specialist LD health services) were commissioned to identify risk of early frailty and the need for health coordination as part of a Dynamic Support Register for physical health and developed an adapted frailty assessment. Essex County Council’s Aging Well project reviewed the needs of its over 55 yrs LD residents and with input from ELDP developed a toolkit to support social workers, social care providers, families and adults with LD to identify changing physical health and to get the right support at the right time.
Mainstream health services are now more aware of these resources and the need to make frailty services available.
Allocated planned time for speakers to receive questions from the audience and induce further discussion.
The presentation will update listeners on what has changed in CQCs approach to the regulation of services for people with a learning disability. It will outline the challenges and successes of a new approach to getting under the culture of care.
In the 90s, scientists believed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder was nine times as common in boys than in girls. The science has moved on and the diagnosis rate has now slimmed down to 2.5 boys to every one girl. The diagnostic rates may have improved, but has this translated to females with ADHD being noticed and offered the early intervention and support they need to be and feel successful?
The continuation to completely miss the signs of ADHD in females or misdiagnose and therefore mistreat the person in front of them, has a significant negative impact on their mental health, their self-esteem, their chance of engaging in risky behaviours and their academic outcomes.
A CPI speaker with ADHD will discuss her lived experience, what to look for in your setting and how you can help.
This presentation will explain the Workforce Expert Advisory Group.
This group helps Skills for Care and Health Education England with workforce development. This is everything to do with getting the right people in jobs and helping them to do them well.
The group can have a say in lots of projects, about the way people are recruited into their jobs, how they are trained and supported to do their jobs well, and also what happens if people aren’t working well.
MacIntyre’s Nicola and Rachel will be sharing their journey so far from the dying to talk project and talking about the importance of having conversations and opportunities to feel confident when planning for their future and talking about death
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 requirement
This presentation considers the part we all play in supporting a positive mental health narrative. The last few years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of individuals presenting with anxiety, depression and associated mental health conditions. The intersection between mental health, autism and learning disabilities is recognised but this presentation offers some real-life application and solutions. It focuses on how we can create accountability and responsibility for our own mental health toolbox and how we can act as mentors and ambassadors for others. The use of self compassion and self esteem is critical to this.
In 2021 the Extreme group and the CCG co-produced a survey that explored peoples preferred terms to describe autism. We also asked respondents to rate how much they liked and did not like commonly used terms. We would like to present the findings of this survey and what we did next.
St Giles in partnership with F2F and other learning disability organisations created a project to help people understand issues around end of life care for those living with learning disabilities.
Waiting times for a diagnosis are too long and have been for years. Recent data shows the tens of thousands who are waiting for a diagnosis. This presentation will set out what must change to end the diagnosis waits crisis once and for all, to help create a society that works for autistic people.