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Improving Lives: Autism and Learning Difficulties

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Manchester Conference Centre

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Following the highly successful Improving Lives: Supporting Adults with learning Disabilities, Open Forum Events are delighted to be continuing this crucially important series of conferences by introducing Improving Lives: Autism and Learning Difficulties.

Learning difficulty is an umbrella term and used to describe an issue with the brain's ability to process information. Individuals with a learning difficulty may not learn as easily or in the same way as their peers and may find the development of basic skills challenging. The effects have lifelong implications for education, work, relationships and general daily life, however, with the right interventions and support individual’s potential can be translated into actual achievement.

In the UK 700,000 people are on the autism spectrum, representing one in ten of the population. However, the impacts are much more widely felt and experienced by 2.8 million once family members and carers are considered. Other common learning difficulties include dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyscalculia and dysgraphia. These Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs), thought to affect about 15% of people, are neurological, can be inherited and occur independently of intelligence. This fact has recently been confirmed by new data released by America’s National Centre for Learning Disabilities Support (NCLD) which demonstrates that children with learning and attention issues are “as smart as their peers, but too often misunderstood as lazy or unintelligent.” It is imperative that greater understanding is acquired to aid diagnosis, improve personalised support and promote inclusion.

The Improving Lives: Autism and Learning Difficulties conference will seek to share a greater understanding of the impacts of learning difficulties and how these affect individuals and their families. The agenda has been designed to explore how potential can be realised and life chances maximised through the support on offer and strategic reform. We will hear from a line-up of individuals, expert professionals and contributors working with and for people with a learning difficulty, who can provide an insight into the key issues and exchange ideas. There will be ample opportunity for delegates to interject and interact with speakers and fellow attendees through the question and answer sessions and the afternoon panel debate on neurodiversity and inclusion.

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