Greater London LD Community of Practice Launch Event!

Written by Clare Melvin

Greater London Community of Practice

Greater London LD Community of Practice Launch Event!

We are a new Community of Practice launching in London to improve quality of life for people with learning disabilities. We want to bring together all those who are involved in supporting people with learning disabilities and/or autism, including people with lived experience, professionals, families and carers.

Through the Community of Practice, people can share learning, resources and best practice in order to improve the support people receive.

We would be delighted if you could join us at our free official launch event, it is open to everyone.  It will take place on Wednesday 7 November, 9.30am – 4pm, Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury.

This is an exciting new community providing opportunities for people with learning disabilities, families, carers and professionals working in all aspects of the social care, health and education sectors to collaborate and share ideas. This community will be a safe space for members to share experiences and showcase good practice.

We will have a full day’s agenda with keynotes and workshops, more details to follow.

We really hope you can join us for this event.

Sign up here.


LD in the news.


  • Have your say about Social Media! The Government has requested feedback on their action plan to address failings by themselves and social media companies towards users with learning disabilities.  The draft plan has 14 recommendations including making incitement of disability hatred a specific crime and requiring social media companies to produce Easy Read privacy notices.  You can read more at here and here and an easy read version of the request for feedback is available here.
  • How to support professionals with Learning Disabilities
  • Be involved!! The National Autistic Society are working together with Breathe to understand the key life challenges for autistic people, their families and carers. They also want to know about the tools and resources being used to deal with these challenges. The project is seeking individuals over 18 years to be interviewed for 45 minutes in the week commencing 13th August 2018 (London) and week commencing 20th August (Belfast, Cardiff or Edinburgh). If you are autistic or are a parent/carer of an individual with autism and would like to be involved or find out more, please visit the NAS website project page.  
  • Your opinion on Integrated Care Providers! Complete the easy-read questionnaire here.
  • Inclusion Europe Independent Living Fact Sheet published. Inclusion Europe is an association of people with intellectual disabilities and their families in Europe.  It fights for equal rights and full inclusion of people with learning disabilities and their families in all aspects of life.  You can find out more about them here and down load the factsheet.
  • How to support the mental health of people with learning disabilities.



  • NAS Women & Girls Conference 2018.  The National Autistic Society are running a female focused conference in London, 30th October 2018.  The event will bring together researchers, practitioners and autistic women to explore issues specific to women with autism, share the most recent findings and give tips on the latest best practice.  See the full programme and book your place here.
  • Seattle Club 2018.  Submissions will shortly be open for the annual Seattle Club Conference, held this year on 3rd & 4th ShrewsburyDecember at the Shrewsbury Centre, University of Chester. Seattle Club conferences are open to any researcher or practitioner based in the UK and Ireland who has new data relevant to the study of learning and developmental disabilities.  Find out about previous Seattle Conferences here.
  • Learning Disability Today Conference, London. The annual event welcomes all with accessible talks consisting of three main topic streams (1) Autism & Learning Disability, (2) Health & Welbeing, (3) Policy & Practice.  The CPD certified conference is being held at the ILEC Conference Centre, Earls Court, on 28th November 2018. Find out more and book your place here.


  • ySOTSEC-ID – two-day Keep Safe facilitator trainingKeep Safe is a CBT based intervention programme specifically developed for young people (12 years +) with learning and developmental disabilities who display harmful sexual behaviour(s). The next 2 day Keep Safe Training event will be held in London on 17th and 18th October 2018 – find out more here.
  • BILD Restraint Reduction Network: Wednesday Webinars.  BILD are launching a Circuit-Board-Bold-Facebook-Ad-1-300x157new series of webinars called the Wednesday Webinar. These sessions will take place every two months with an exciting programme of guest speakers, starting on Wednesday 5 September 2018 with the Restraint Reduction Network Chair, Professor Joy Duxbury. The webinars are free to join and will run from 12pm until 1pm. You can sign up here and find out about future speakers here.

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