On Thursday, we exhibited at the Learning Disability Today event in London, meeting people from across the country to outline how we can support families and individuals to have access to the same opportunities and rights as everyone else.

Members of staff manned our stand and spoke to visitors about a wide range of our services, from our Making Money Easier toolkit to our Positive Behaviour Support guides and Every Vote Counts resources, which all proved hugely popular.

In the late morning, Diane Lightfoot and Amie Dobinson delivered an informative presentation called 'Lost in Transition' to a packed audience comprising delegates from across the sector. The session covered everything from the impact of the Children and Families Act 2014 and realistic outcomes following a Transition Assessment, through to real life examples from three individuals we support and a variety of tools available to continually measure progress.

The presentation was followed by a lively question and answer session and concluded with the delegates receiving a specially prepared resource that included 5 top tips for supporting young adults to independence.

A highlight at the stand was our interactive voting board, which illustrated the idea behind our newly launched Every Vote Counts campaign. Visitors were asked to vote on which issues were most important to them by placing a sticker next to the subject they felt affected them most. Having enough money proved to be the most popular choice, while being part of the community came a close second.

Thanks to all those who visited the stand and shared their views or cast their votes; we hope that by making political issues easier to understand, we can help boost the number of people with learning disabilities who will turn out and use their vote in next year’s General Election.


Gemma Taylor, media assistant.