The GLLDCOP Launch Event and News this Week.

Written by Clare Melvin

The Greater London LD Community of Practice Launch Event.

Thank you to all who came and contributed to the launch on Wednesday at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London.  It was fantastic to meet and speak to so many of you!

The morning started with Josie Turner from Health Education England talking about why Communities of Practice are important. We then followed with a range of great speakers including powerful talks by Yvonne Newbold on violent and challenging behaviour in children, and Grace McGill from SeeAbility, talking about the importance of eye tests.  We also had contributions about the positive impact of well-implemented positive-behavioural support (PBS) in schools from Penny Bartlett, and Paul Richards, of Gig Buddies and the StayUpLate campaign, spoke on the rights of people with learning disabilities to a love and sex life, along with Noelle Blackman from Respond discussing the benefits of using a trauma based approach for individuals with learning disabilities.

A big thanks to Jim and Richard for chairing the event and to those who helped lead the table discussions in the afternoon.  Many thanks also to Elfrida Society members, Nabeel, Martin, Lloyd and Paul for their impromptu performance and leading the Q&A discussion about healthcare and GP services for people with learning disabilities. We also can’t go without saying thank you to Lloyd for rapping us in and out of the event!

The feedback and suggestions from the table discussions will be posted in later blogs, twitter and on the GLLDCOP facebook group so sign up and keep an eye out.  If there was anything you thought of on the way home or forgot to mention please leave a comment below, contact us directly or get in touch through the facebook group.  The Community will be shaped and led by your contributions!

Don’t forget to follow on twitter @glldcop and also catch up with tweets from the event via #glldcop and #GLLDCOP18.

Greater London Community of Practice

New resource on Human Rights for people with learning disabilities and/or autism.

The British Institute of Human Rights has launched a new booklet ‘Learning Disability, Autism and Human Rights’.  An accessible booklet for people with learning disabilities or autism, their families, carers and support workers to provide relevant and up to date information about their Human Rights.  Access the free online booklet here (hard copies can be ordered).

Have your say!

Complete the National Autism Society’s online survey today and have your say about the issues that affect you. Visit their website and complete the survey to help:

  • shape their information, guidance and other services in line with your needs
  • identify the issues that are most important to you, to help us decide where we need to focus our efforts
  • find out how you use the charity’s services and what you think about them
  • find out what you think of the charity and how they can continue to improve it.

LD in the News.


The Matt and Co Comedy Show, Union Chapel, Islington, 12th November, 7.30pm-10.30pm. Matt Richardson presents an evening of chortling at the chapel for our charity! Multi award-winning stand-up comedian and presenter Matt Richardson is hosting a star-studded fundraising comedy event for the National Autistic Society. Find out more and buy tickets here.

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Training & Conferences.

  • There is still time to sign up for the highly successful Understanding Autism, thmassive online open course (MOOC). It began on 5th November 2018 but you read the material at your own pace and commentary is voluntary and ongoing.  With over 29,000 learners taking part in the course so far (it began April 2017), content/contributions is provided by academics, clinicians and academics with Autism. The course is free and provides the opportunity to learn about the history of our understanding of autism and challenge some of the existing beliefs and stereotypes about the condition.  The course is suitable for all, from teachers, support workers, family members, spouses, sibling, individuals with autism, teachers, spouses and siblings with autism, nurses, doctors, professors and nurses, doctors and professors with autism, and it has received positive feedback from the online autism community. Sign up here.
  • MindED, an elearning forum to support healthy minds have just release free online untitled2training resource about people with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviour, autism, and those with mental health problems.  Sessions are open to all users. Sign up and find out more 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.
  • The Second Tizard Forensic Conference is being held at Friends House, London ontizlogo2 December 19th 2018.  This conference is about people LD and/or autism in the Criminal Justice System (CJS) and will explore issues about autism and the CJS, and consider how screening for intellectual disabilities is advancing in various parts of the Criminal Justice System (eg police stations and prisons). There will be presentations on new treatment programmes available in prisons and in the NHS/health sector. Talks will also cover recent and forthcoming changes to probation services and consider the progress made through the Government’s Transforming Care programme.  This conference is suitable for carers, health professionals, staff from social services, probation services, prisons, police, lawyers and people with learning disabilities themselves. Find out more and book a place here.

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