A bit of history

For a long time it has been clear that people with learning disabilities are still not equal in society.

How this has been allowed to happen?

It’s been allowed to happen because the learning disability sector is fragmented. We haven’t been working together.

Self-advocate Gary Bourlet tried to change this by setting up a national self-advocacy organisation called People First England. He was supported by Housing & Support Alliance, a charity promoting good support and housing for people with learning disabilities.

But both People First England and Housing & Support Alliance wanted to do more. They wanted to do something new. They came together with other self-advocates, families and organisations to build Learning Disability England.

Our Founding Members

Our Founding Members are the organisations that helped us build LDE. We are very grateful for all their support, time and funding. Our Founding Members are:

Advance

Aldingbourne Trust

Avenues Trust

BILD

Brampton

Brandon Trust

Bromford

Centre for Welfare Reform

Certitude

CHANGE

Choice Support

CMG

Connect In The North

Dimensions

Essex County Council

Essex Family Carers Network

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

Hft

Inclusion North

Kent County Council

KeyRing

MacIntyre

mcch

NDTi

Paradigm

Progress Housing

Reside Housing

Respond

Swanton Care

Three Cs

United Response