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Resource for Independent Advocates working with Parents with Learning Disabilities: A Roadmap for a Complex Journey

Posted on 27th November 2017 by

  • Do you advocate for parents with learning disabilities?
  • Do you know what their rights are?
  • Do you feel confident that those rights are being respected?
  • On Wednesday 22 November, at the Learning Disability Today Conference at the ILEC Conference Centre in Fulham, London, Brighton & Hove Impetus launched a new FREE Resource to help advocates use the law to ensure their client’s needs are met and rights respected.

    This is not a guide on how to work with people with learning disabilities but a roadmap for a complex journey, funded by the Baring Foundation.

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    Interact & The Baring Foundation – project update

    Posted on 17th October 2016 by

    Interact Baring team returns to Brighton hot on the heels of delivering our ‘Parents with LD: securing rights in Practice’ workshops at the British Institute of Learning Disabilities national conference last week.

    The workshops were well attended by a cross-section of key professionals in the public and private sector, including providers, commissioners and social workers from adult’s and children’s services across England, Wales and Scotland.

    Discussions highlighted gaps between Policy and Practice across the board and the appetite for a clearer understanding of local authorities’ legal duties to parents with learning disabilities where the principle of ‘parenting with support’ must underpin any intervention by children’s services and precede the initiation of care proceedings.

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    Fairness Commission endorses more support for parents with learning disabilities

    Posted on 30th June 2016 by

    Monday afternoon saw the launch of the Brighton & Hove Fairness Commission report. The Fairness Commission is a group of 12 independent individuals who were appointed to look how to make Brighton & Hove a fairer and more equal place to live and work.

    We grabbed with both hands the opportunity to raise some of the issues that affect the people we work with.

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    The Sussex Police Pegasus card

    Posted on 11th December 2015 by

    Pegasus card

    The Pegasus card, pictured above, is available for anyone who has a disability or illness that may make it hard to communicate with the police in an emergency or difficult situation.

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    “It’s not on!” Hate Crime Conference

    Posted on 7th November 2013 by

    “It’s not on!” – Stop Hate Crime towards people with Learning Disabilities
    26th November 2013  10am-3pm
    Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 4AH

    “It’s not on! Stop hate crime towards people with Learning Disabilities” – campaign and conference are run collaboratively by many learning disability organisations and non-learning disability organisations in Brighton & Hove. Our aim is to ensure awareness about hate crime against people with learning disabilities is embedded in all mainstream organisations as well as learning disability organisations in the future.

    The conference you are invited to is a genuine attempt to bring as many organisations and individuals with learning disablities as possible together to raise awareness of one issue that can have devastating effect on people with learning disabilities living in our city.

    The Conference is taking place on Tuesday, 26th November 2013 at the Hove Town Hall, from 10.00am-3.00pm.

    The event is free of charge, but booking is essential! Please visit this website and click “Register”, then follow the instructions to secure your place:

    The day will include workshops and information stalls around the topic. We also invited speakers with an expertise in community safety and hate crime incidents directed at people with learning disabilities.

    If you have any question regarding the event, please contact Anke Thurm at or telephone 01323 727872.

    PatientView – patient groups around the world appraise health apps

    Posted on 8th October 2011 by
    PatientView has distributed a report “What Do patients Think of Health Apps?”, a review by patient groups of health apps as tools for the self-management of patients medical conditions. See
    It is fascinating to read of the variety of ways in which mobile phone apps can help people with many different conditions, including Asperger syndrome, epilepsy, haemophilia, hearing disorders and learning disabilities.
    The report has been made available for download to those registered with PatientView, who have to respect copyright and not pass it outside their organisations.
    David Botibol, Trustee

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