Last week Learning Disability Today held their annual event in London. Many organisations providing services for people with learning disabilities were there exhibiting their work as well as panel discussions, talks and workshops.
Advance had a stand at the event which was busy throughout the day, with many potential customers coming to find out more about what we do and how we may be able to help them or their relative. It was great to talk with fellow organisations and hear about examples of good practice in the sector as well as meet members of the public who were keen to find out more about Advance – in particular the HOLD scheme which was of great interest to everyone.
Talks were given on; human rights, the role of art as a tool for self-expression and communication, supported living, managing risk and safeguarding and much more. Speakers included doctors, charity representatives, advocates and students.
Advance also hosted a workshop on how personalised technology can support independence for people with learning disabilities. It was great to celebrate the things our customers are achieving through the use of technology at home, in the community and more widely. Sarah Johns from the Community Aspirations Team in Hackney led part of the workshop with the help of some Advance customers.
Anita and Israel were interviewed on what they think technology can do for them and why it is important, particularly in activities such as drama and music group.
This is what they had to say – ‘We can show the world what we do and inspire them to come and join us’, ‘when I am filmed, I feel like a star and that makes my dream come true.’
To bring the workshop to an end Sarah and the customers invited everyone to participate in a music session where everyone was encouraged to play an instrument and move to the music. Anita led the movements to Mr Chang’s beat on the drums!
This was thoroughly enjoyed by all and a great way to bring a busy day to a close.