It has been two years since we last held our annual Learning Disability Today Learning Day and Exhibition and what a couple of years it has been.

Most of us will never forget the fear when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, especially after a Public Health England report found that people with a learning disability were six times more likely to die in the first wave of the pandemic. Since then, there have been many fights fought to protect our community ranging from ending ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ blanket orders to the prioritisation of Covid vaccines.

The theme of our conference on March 3rd is 'Change it Up for Me' and the seminar programme will cover a range of key issues that affect the lives of people with learning disabilities.

 

Change it Up

Even before the pandemic, people with a learning disability and/or autism were more likely to face greater health inequalities. This will be the focus of one of three panel debates taking place at the conference looking at how access to healthcare can be improved in a post-pandemic NHS.

We also have a panel debate looking at what policy changes have happened in the past 20 years. With most of them promising much and delivering little, we will ask: where do we go next?

As part of this, we will look at the National Autism Strategy in greater detail and consider whether it can transform the prospects of autistic people. This includes employment challenges, which will be discussed further in a talk on neurodiversity and the workplace.

 

"How we can begin to shift the balance of power by putting people with learning disabilities and their families/carers back in control"

There will also be talks on mental health support for people with a learning disability, health screening, cognitive behavioural therapy, and how to manage anxiety-led difficult and dangerous behaviour.

In addition, we will be looking at how we can begin to shift the balance of power by putting people with learning disabilities and their families/carers back in control. Too often policy decisions are made by professionals who do not have any lived experience of learning disability, which means it takes a lot longer to work out what is going wrong and why. 

We hope you can join us on the day to discover together how we can improve the quality of life for people with a learning disability and/or autism.

We will be running reduced capacity this year to keep our delegates and exhibitors safe, so to have your chance to join the debate, increase your knowledge, and benefit from networking opportunities, sign up today for the last remaining places. 

Further details on the conference programme and exhibitors are available on our events page.