LDE Annual Conference 2020 – Presentations and Blogs

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Including Everyone – What next?

How do we build on what is working now?

Our 2020 conference on 13th February 2020 focused on the progress we have, as a community made to inclusion.

Our members and partners shared examples of how people and organisations are working in inclusive ways so people with learning disabilities are

  • Making decisions that affect their and their peers’ lives in organisations, policy development or wider community
  • Living in the community with the same choices as others
  • Active members of their community in paid and unpaid roles
  • Getting the same opportunities to live a good life as everyone else



View the Conference Photo Album HERE!


About the conference

We were back in Manchester, at the Friends’ Meeting House. We returned to this venue as the feedback from the 2019 conference was so positive and we felt confident it is accessible and would provide the services and rooms we need to make it work for everyone.

We are very grateful for our conference sponsors. You can find out more about them here.

The conference newspaper can be accessed HERE

Below are the presentations where permission has been given, and other information from the day.


Our Speakers 


The day was co chaired by Scott Watkin BEM and Jordan Smith, Learning Disability England Representative Body organisation and self advocate reps.

Essex County Council and Nesta: Making Co Production real for us all

How local people, Council staff and other organisations worked together with help from Nesta to create community support and new ways of working

Julia Unwin CBE: Inclusion and Civil Society

How we can build on the learning from the Independent Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society to create community and voluntary organisations and action that include everyone.

Kevin Caufield and Faisal Yusuf of the Hammersmith and Fulham Disabled People Coalition: Working together to achieve change – building shared understanding and action with Isabelle Garnett who leads the Homes not Hospitals campaign and Anne Webster NHS England.  Read the report and find out more:

Disabled Peoples Commission Report

Accessible Summary of Disabled Peoples Commission Report

More about the Commission

Building a shared understanding – actions for change. No more reports or review: Learning Disability England team  – Find out about our Good Lives 2020 work HERE

A self-advocacy Social Movement – are you in?


Workshops – morning


Making a profound difference together:  Campaign for Change

Being active in your community: Members of KeyRing networks and L ’Arche communities

Rights, choices & role of support: Supported Loving network members

 Mindfulness for Life: Skills for People

Training to understand? How can the new mandatory training work best?: Skills for Care – You can also view the session notes and feedback HERE


Workshops – Afternoon



We are running the organisation – leadership by people with a lived experience of a learning disability: Thera Trust and Anthony Collins Solicitors

Pass it on – Good mental health for all: Foundation for People with learning Disabilities

Learning together – work to learn and change from Mendip House: Carol Povey, National Autistic Society (presentation not available)

Employment making it work for everyone: Inclusion North and SeeAbility

Help make Learning Disability England stronger: LDE Team and Representative Body members

Leaders in making inclusion real: Community Catalysts and Dimensions Council


Pop Up and Lunchtime Sessions


The history of people with learning disabilities and my journey: Andrew Bright, Head of Development Thera Trust

How the case management and planning system works for providers: iplanit by Aspirico  

More than my label:  Claire – May Minett

NIHR’s themed review – health & care services for people with learning disability: Louise Wallace

My campaigning life:  Simon Cramp (presentation not available)

The full conference agenda is available HERE


Read some blogs about the day!


Blog from Jyrki from Inclusion Europe HERE

Blog from Julia Unwin HERE

Blog from Aspirico HERE