There are many service providers around the UK delivering often innovative services that are making a positive difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities.
LDT London 2014 Exclusive Content Liz Kendall
This year's Learning Disability Today London event took place on 27 November and saw a full day of seminars on the theme of Living Well. The keynote address was delivered by Shadow Care and Older People Minister Liz Kendall.
In it she called for reform of the social care system to give people with learning disabilities and their families greater power over the support and services they use.
Watch a ‘teaser’ video of her talk below, while full highlights of this talk and PowerPoint presentations from 12 of the day's leading talks are available if you are a member of our LDT Knowledge Hub.
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Lost in transition
Despite good practice guidelines having been available for some years, transition from children’s to adult social services can still be a traumatic time for young people with learning disabilities and their families. Editor Dan Parton reports news in depthDeborah Meldrew is worried her son, who has autism and a severe language disorder, turns 18 in December and she is unsure what social care provision will be available to him from his local authority in South London after his birthday.
For instance, her son attends a respite service for under 18s. “You would think that by October [at the time of writing] I would have heard from the local council telling me my son is going to have to leave this service and they will be in touch as to what he can do afterwards,” she says. “But I’ve heard nothing.”