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Including People with Learning Disabilities in Meetings

Dementia Care
November 7, 2016

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!

 

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