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Open Forum Events are delighted to be hosting their inaugural event focusing on the latest developments surrounding learning disabilities in the UK. The Improving Lives: Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities conference will highlight the issues facing those living with learning disability, with the aim to provide positive insight to challenge and overcome some of the barriers to an improved quality of life.
In the UK there are 1.5million people with a learning disability. In England, 905,000 adults, aged 18+, fall into this category.
In 2011 Panorama exposed the appalling abuse that occurred at Winterbourne View. The government reacted by making a commitment, alongside leading health and social care organisations, to transform the care and improve the lives of those living with a learning disability. Sir Stephen Bubb was commissioned to report and make recommendations as to how to expedite transformation in care provision. The Transforming Care Delivery Plan aims to ensure that people have the right to the same opportunities as anyone else, be treated with the same dignity and respect as any other individual and to live satisfying and valued lives.
The Improving Lives: Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities conference seeks to provide a platform for all those affected by a learning disability to gain a greater understanding of how things have progressed since 2011. The conference agenda has been designed to reflect on what impact the transformation programme has had to date and how much more needs to be done to ensure people with learning disabilities are afforded improved opportunities, better care and a superior quality of life. Attendees will hear from a line-up of expert speakers who will discuss challenging topics, debate contentious issues and analyse the way forward. Delegates will gain a true understanding of the current thinking which can be applied and positively contribute to their own circumstances, organisations and working practices to improve the lives of all those touched by learning disability.