Learning Disability Wales will host their 2019 conference in Newport next month, advocating those with learning disabilities being “seen, heard, valued and included”
Welsh charity Learning Disability Wales will host their annual conference on 6 November in Newport, promoting greater inclusion of people with an intellectual disability.
There will be a mixture of presentations and workshops, emphasising to those in South Wales with learning difficulties the importance and achievability of being involved and succeeding in all areas of society.
Simon Rose, training and events manager at Learning Disability Wales, said, “We hope it will encourage people to see how they themselves are seen, heard, valued and included.”
It isn’t just for people with learning difficulties themselves, however.
Another theme will be educating those working alongside or for people with learning difficulties who, as Simon said, also have a role in supporting greater inclusion.
According to learning disability charity MENCAP, only 2 in every 10 people with mild to moderate learning difficulties are in employment, a figure which drops to 6 in 100 for those with a severe disability.
MENCAP says this is partly due to a lack of employer understanding about the potential of those with learning difficulties, as well as a general lack of skill and confidence development for them.
Learning Disability Wales therefore aim to educate colleagues, teachers and carers as to how they can put adequate support and development in place in either a working or educational environment.
There will be workshops providing digital training and advice about social networking.
The conference, Right Here, will be held on 6 November at the Coldra Holiday Inn, Newport. Tickets, pricing and an event programme are available via the Learning Disability Wales website.
Right Here will also be held in Llanrwst, North Wales, on 14 November, featuring a question and answer with Julie Morgan AM, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services.