Self advocacy and families supporting each other – Hate crime session 

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About this Event

We started these sessions during the first lockdown to help self-advocacy and family organisations connect and work together. We were all facing new challenges and were unsure what was the best thing to do to help people keep safe and still stay connected or not become more isolated.

These sessions are a chance to find new ways of working as the pandemic continues but to also share and connect more generally.

The sessions will be open to everyone who has been part of this work since March plus any other member of Learning Disability England who wants to join in and take part. They are aimed at members who support self advocacy or community groups that include people with learning disabilities.

If would like to join LDE’s membership, you can get more information here.

Please join us if you can or email us if you want to connect but cannot make this date. We hold these sessions every 2 weeks 🙂

Census 2021 – What you need to know and how to get support

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About this Event

Census Day 2021 took place on 21st March. This Census took place during a pandemic, while we were still in lockdown.

The Community Partnerships Team at the Office for National Statistics presented about Census 2021 in this online webinar.

The webinar was aimed at people with learning disabilities, their families and the organisations who support them who had questions about how the Census team will support them.

The webinar covered how the Census team have made sure information is accessible; and the support in place to help people with learning disabilities to complete the Census form.

The topics covered include:

• What the census is

• Why it is important

• When it happens

• What you need to do

• How you can get help

• How you can help others and spread the word

 

Universal basic income webinar: Does the benefit system work for you?

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About this event

We held this workshop to

– Understand what the data and experience tells us or suggests we do differently

– Share approaches or examples of practical action that people are taking to keep safe and support others to

This workshop was open to all members and included:

– Self advocates from Dorset and Rotherham on what local groups are doing

– Professor Chris Hatton explaining the data and what it might suggest we do differently

– Certitude sharing how they review their work every time someone they support dies and what actions they have taken as a result

– CVT team members on supporting everyone’s well-being as equals whatever their role

– Commissioners on their role in learning and supporting change across an area

Universal basic income webinar: Does the benefit system work for you?

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About this Event

Lots of people with learning difficulties do not find the benefit system easy or helpful. Too many people live in poverty and too many people find themselves stuck in poverty traps – unable to work – unable to live with a partner – unable to have savings. In the past few years the system has got even worse with lower benefits and more tests, sanctions and stigma.

Can we change the system?

There is a growing demand around the world for a new kind of benefit system called Basic Income:

Everybody gets enough money to live on

People are not punished if they work

People can keep any money they earn

People get their own money, whoever they live with

But how does this work for disabled people?

Simon Duffy (a co-founder of LDE) and Caroline Richardson (a co-founder of Spartacus Network) have developed a proposal called Basic Income Plus – showing how basic income would work for disabled people.

You can read an Easy Read version of their ideas here: https://www.centreforwelfarereform.org/library/basic-income-plus-easy-read-version.html

Simon Duffy will be leads the session, explaining Basic Income. There will be time to ask questions and discuss the ideas.

This webinar is from Learning Disability England members only. If you would like information about joining, click here.

Covid and the law – latest for people, families and supporters

 

 

 

 

 

 

About this Event

The webinar was led by Alex Ruck Keene, a Barrister from 39 Essex Chambers.

He covered the basic principles of the relevant laws like the Mental Capacity Act, implementing them in practice under the Coronavirus law and wider restrictions, and cleared up misunderstandings around current restrictions and what is possible or expected.The webinar was open to anyone with an interest in decision making, restrictions and the legislation.

 

Covid 19 – What we have learnt and changed so far

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About this event

We held this workshop to

– Understand what the data and experience tells us or suggests we do differently

– Share approaches or examples of practical action that people are taking to keep safe and support others to

This workshop was open to all members and included:

– Self advocates from Dorset and Rotherham on what local groups are doing

– Professor Chris Hatton explaining the data and what it might suggest we do differently

– Certitude sharing how they review their work every time someone they support dies and what actions they have taken as a result

– CVT team members on supporting everyone’s well-being as equals whatever their role

– Commissioners on their role in learning and supporting change across an area

DNAR Decisions and Human Rights: Workshop

About this Event

During Coronavirus some disabled people and older people have been told doctors will not restart their heart if they become very unwell.

This is a Do Not Attempt Resuscitation Order called a DNAR.

The CQC is investigating this.

We are running an online workshop for disabled and older people to find out more about their human rights.

We will be asking people to share their expereinces of decisions about DNARs.

The workshop is also for family and friends and community groups and advocates.

We will make a human rights reprt which you can use and will give the report to the CQC.

This session is being hosted by the British Institue of Human Rights.

This session is open to LDE Members and the public.

Coronavirus and people with learning disabilities – what do we know now?

About this Event

This workshop is open to people with learning disabilities, family members, and paid supporters; as well as people with responsibility for commissioning or delivering services and those in policy or development roles.

It will include input from self-advocates on people’s direct experiences, information on COVID-19 and people’s health, and the findings so far from the Coronavirus and people with learning disabilities research project (https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/cedar/covid19-learningdisability )

The speakers include

  • Gary Bourlet from Learning Disability England
  • Annie Ferguson from PMLD Link
  • Chris Hatton from Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Richard Hastings from the University of Warwick