Learning Disability Week 2024

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Learning Disability Week Learning Event

Tuesday 18th June 9.30 to 2pm

Learning Together

Tuesday 18th June 9.30 to 2pm

Ortus, 82-96 Grove Ln, London SE5 8SN

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Learning Together - Being seen, heard and valued, a positive message created by people with a learning disability to build a movement of change.

A learning event for all health and social care staff, people with a learning disability and their friends. At this event we will come together to celebrate and learn about learning disability. This in-person event will feature interactive workshops, presentations and discussions about current thinking and best practice, and a chance to connect with others in the community. Whether you want to increase your understanding or share your experiences, this event is for you. Let's create a supportive and inclusive environment together!



Audience listening to a presentation  

A Photo of Heidi Crowder campaigning with a 'Don't Screen US Out' banner

Keynote from Heidi Crowter

Heidi will give a keynote about her life and campaign for the rights of people with Down's Syndrome. Heidi has campaigned with ‘Don’t Screen Us Out’ since 2016 about non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). Currently abortions are allowed up to birth for severe disabilities in the UK. In 2021, she took the Government to court to get this “downright discrimination” removed from the law. After losing the case at the High Court and the Court of Appeal, Heidi has now asked the Supreme Court for permission to appeal.


  • “You can’t explain him in words”: Using co-created video to support transitions for young people with a learning disability (Sussex University)
  • LeDeR and Staying Alive and Well (Estia Centre)
  • “Believe you can and you are halfway there" – Removing barriers to employment for individuals with Learning disabilities and Autism (Aurora Nexus)
  • Service user involvement in mental health & learning disability services (SLaM)
  • The PETAL Programme (University College London)
  • Free Our People Now Workshop – Stop Locking Us At In Hospital (Inclusion London)
  • Beyond Words: Empowering people through picture Book Clubs (Beyond Words)
  • Experts with Lived Experience and Oliver's Training (Estia Centre)
  • Stopping over medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both (SE London ICB)
  • Supporting people with a learning disability who get into trouble with the law (Kings College London)
  • Zumba (Baked Bean Theatre Company)

Refreshments and lunch will be provided to registered attendees

If you would like to contribute a presentation, talk or workshop to the event, please email


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