Open Forum Events is pleased to introduce the latest addition to their burgeoning portfolio of national public sector events by announcing a new Supporting People with a Learning Disability and Autistic People conference, which will take place in London in November 2023.
This biannual meeting, now in its 9th year, will continue the dialogue to improve the lives of people with a learning disability or learning impairment and autistic people.
In 2022 the government published the policy paper, Building the Right Support Action Plan, which sets out commitments to enable people access the right support to meet their needs. The plan recommends changes in the way services are accessed and care is received in the community, hospitals and other healthcare settings.
Join us at the Supporting People with a Learning Disability and Autistic People conference where the very latest policies and strategies will be reviewed, examples of best practice will be shared and lived experience will be heard.
Attendees will hear from a line-up of expert speakers who will discuss challenging topics, debate contentious issues and analyse the way forward. Interactive question and answer sessions will consolidate knowledge sharing, whilst casual networking will create connections.
Gain a true understanding of the current thinking which can be applied and positively contribute to your own circumstances, organisations and working practices to improve the lives of all those touched by learning disability and/or autism.
Places are limited and this highly popular event sells out fast, so BOOK YOUR PLACE TODAY.
This conference is designed to induce change with knowledge, innovation, and inspiration.
Any transformation of a process or service requires the input of products and services devised to make improvements such as digital technologies; training provision; workforce planning; outsourced services; data and analytics etc.
If your organisation supports change through your products and services, our delegates and conference participants will be ready to engage with you.
In recent years, there has been growing concern about the number of autistic people and people with a learning disability living in long-stay hospitals. Recently, there has been a growth in people admitted to so-called ‘assessment and treatment units’, with allegations that some people stay here for far too long. A joint research project has been undertaken to better understand the experiences of people with a learning disability who have been stuck in long-stay hospital settings, their families and front-line staff – using this knowledge to create practice guides and training materials to support new understandings and new ways of working.
We are disgusted that people with learning disabilities are still being trapped in long stay hospitals. We think everyone should have support to live in the community – not be locked away!
We believe the government is not doing enough to make this happen. This is how our campaign is working to get the government to close assessment treatment units, build the right homes and get people home.
Ensuring a clear, visionary model of support is critical to ensure people who have learning disabilities, and/or autistic people enjoy a ‘good life’. At Achieve together, the RESPECT model of support is designed to enable people to flourish in their lives, with clarity of direction. People we support may have experienced life in highly restrictive settings, hospital inpatient services or numerous types of accommodation. This presentation focuses on how the RESPECT model of support can mean stability and certainty in people’s lives, as discussed by Michael Fullerton (Director of Wellbeing, Strategy & Collaboration in Achieve together) and Stephen Adamson (Sports Ambassador, Unity Advocacy Group).
This presentation will discuss key parts of somebody we supports transition; what has gone well, what hasn’t, what we do currently to maintain good practice, and what we would change if we were to do it all over again. This will be followed by insights from a parent and an opportunity to ask questions.
How ISVA’s work with people who have Autism and Learning Disabilities after they have suffered Rape and Sexual Assault. Helping them to navigate the Criminal Justice System and attempting to break barriers to justice.
The Lancaster University Transitions Team offer a range of provision for autistic and neurodivergent students. Smart Start, our pre-arrival residential programme, provides early support for incoming autistic students to settle in, connect with others, and develop skills to support their wellbeing at university.
Our presentation will look at impact of Smart Start on participants, how the programme has developed through the years, and how the residential is complemented by our suite of ongoing pastoral provision to support the student journey into, through, and out of university.
In this session we will discuss the ‘revolving door scenario’ of placement breakdowns in LD settings, looking at typical scenarios where individuals with complex needs are finding themselves in the wrong placements, such as in Assessment & Treatment Units (ATU’s) or Nursing Care home settings. In the session you will learn why Home From Home Care’s model of operation is different with their unique NewModel of care and transparent care solutions - stopping the ‘revolving door’ through innovative and ground-breaking technology, supporting the most vulnerable and complex individuals in our society to successful outcomes.
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.
The NSPCC Schools Service has a range of programmes and resources available for SEND pupils. Our Speak Out. Stay Safe. and new Talk Relationships programmes have been specially tailored for SEND students to deliver key messages to promote the safety and wellbeing of all children.
The Government published the SEND and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan Right Support, Right Place, Right Time in response to the SEND Green paper that was published in March 2022 and proposed a number of reforms to the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and alternative provision (AP) system.
This session will explore what the proposed changes mean from the perspective of children and young people with SEN and Disabilities. It will interrogate whether the proposals will bring about the change really needed to ensure all pupils are able to access the right support when they need it.
Why do cooccurring health challenges matter in autism and those with learning disabilities? This session touches on the groundbreaking new scientific evidence on the issues of physical health particularly affect autistic health and wellbeing. This is rarely understood or considered until recently. Looking at the most common symptoms and conditions but also what they may appear as to others.
In our key note speech we will talk about our job roles at Mencap and we will talk about learning disability and our experiences