07th November 2016

Including People with Learning Disabilities in Meetings

MLMC

We go to a lot of meetings and conferences where we are the only people with learning disabilities.

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Everyone else is a family member of somebody with a learning disability , or a somebody who works for a service that people with learning disabilities use.

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Why is this?

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There are often separate groups, like the National Forum, for people with learning disabilities to discuss things.

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But we think they should also be in the room with everyone else when things are decided about people with learning disabilities.

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Some things would need to be changed. But these are small things that would make meetings better for everyone.

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1. Put information in easy read, so we can read it!

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2. Send papers out before the meeting, so we have plenty of time to read them and make sure we understand

what is going to be discussed.

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3. Have shorter meetings or regular breaks – we cannot concentrate for hours at a time.

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4. Encourage people to admit when they don’t understand something, and to ask for help. Some people feel embarrassed about this, so the chair needs to make them feel ok.

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We are part of some NICE Guideline Committees about people with learning disabilities.

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They have done a good job of making the meetings accessible.

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Even the professionals say they like getting the papers ahead of time and in easy read.

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Making meetings more accessible to people with learning disabilities will help everyone – not just people who have learning disabilities.

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Just don’t forget to invite some people with learning disabilities!

 

*All information is correct at the time of publishing

My Life My Choice

MLMC is an Oxfordshire based charity with a national profile whose prime objective is to raise the self-esteem and quality of life for people with learning disabilities. They do this by campaigning, and providing volunteering, training, employment and social opportunities for its members. MLMC also work with other organisations to help produce information for people with learning and communication difficulties that is simple and easy to understand. Read more

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