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Inclusive Meetings for People with Learning Disabilities

Session 
9.8a
Personal experience
  • Sharon Hambley
  • Susan Williamson
  • Francis Sturman
Summary

There is increasing demand for service-user involvement and consultation (Valuing People 2001), and it is important that this is a meaningful experience for the service user and not just tokenistic or a ‘nice day out’. It is therefore important that all aspects of these meetings are adapted to be accessible and appropriate for all those attending (Mencap - Make it Clear 2009). This presents challenges for staff employed to support these situations.

The presentation will map the journey of one service user consultation group and the specific difficulties of inclusion for an individual with severe physical difficulties and no verbal communication and then share practical solutions to some of the problems encountered on the way.

Level of Session 
1
Age Group 
All Ages
Interest 
Special
Further/Higher Education