Shaw Trust Power List 2019

The Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List is an annual publication celebrating Britain’s 100 most influential disabled people.  The Disability Power 100 List is compiled by an independent judging panel.

The Shaw Trust Power 100 list aims to further inclusivity by celebrating the achievements of those people included on the list.

Included on the 2018 Shaw Trust Power List were Jen Blackwell (founder and Director –DanceSyndrome) and Ciara Lawrence (Learning Disability Campaigner) At number 8 on the list, was Learning Disability England’s very own Gary Bourlet.


There are seven categories for nominations:

  • Arts, Fashion & Design
  • Business, Finance & IT
  • Entertainment
  • Politics & Law
  • Education, Public & Third Sector
  • Digital, Media & Publishing
  • Sport


Nominations for this year’s Shaw Trust Power List are now open.

Click here to vote


Our work on the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill – update January 2019

Last year we asked our members what they thought about the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill. Self advocates, families, professionals and organisations all agreed on the main points – they were worried about people’s rights, people and their families’ voice being heard and potential conflicts of interest in the proposals. You can see what people said here

Learning Disability England has worked with other organisations and people to keep raising what is important to all our members especially people with Learning Disabilities who might be affected by these changes.  This included making a written submission to the Public Bill committee – you can see ours and all the others here

On 22nd January we were one of a group of organisations who wrote to the Times Newspaper 

Or you can read the letter and an article in the paper if you have a subscription here

Please click for the letter

Please click for the article

More newspapers, TV and radio are doing pieces on this important law. If you have experiences or points you want to share let us know

The full letter is here


The law commission are thinking about driverless vehicles

The law commission are thinking about driverless vehicles. They want to know what disabled people need so that vehicles without a driver are accessible to everyone.

Their consultation is here

It is important that they get to hear about all types of access, not just for wheelchair users. Technology does not always work and they need to know what support learning disabled people need to use transport without a driver there to ask questions. If you can help, please get in touch with them as soon as possible, the consultation closes on Feb 8th. 

The NHS 10 year – what we are thinking so far

We have done a short briefing for Learning Disability England members on the plan and Learning Disability England’s thoughts on it.
A chance for people with learning disabilities and autistic people’s life and care to matter?

Our key points are:
We hope this NHS plan can lead to action and real change, so people know they matter, and everyone gets good treatment.
There are some good things in the plan, but some things have been said before. We want to know how the targets will be checked and who will make sure they happen
We do not agree it needs to take another 3 – 4 years to change community support so people leave specialist hospital or do not need to go in. We think there are other ways this could be changed faster.
You can see the short paper here