Accelerating change is a major theme of Learning Disability Today (LDT) London this year – a theme that underpins our values at MacIntyre, too.
Taking place at the ILEC Conference Centre in London on 22 November, the programme of this year’s event focuses on the conversations that need to happen to empower and improve the lives of people with learning disabilities.
You may recall back in April of this year when Sui-Ling Tang, who is supported by MacIntyre in Milton Keynes, appeared on Channel 4’s programme No Go Britain for the second time, discussing the right for people with a learning disability to be in a relationship. Following this, Sui-Ling and MacIntyre’s Person Centred Approaches Advisor, Catherine Farrell, have been invited to speak in the Health and Wellbeing Stream at LDT London.
Both Sui-Ling and Catherine will be speaking in the session: ‘Supported Loving: exploring equal opportunities for sex and relationships’.
In the Channel 4 programme, Sui-Ling said:
“When you have a learning disability like me, support workers play an important role and it’s sometimes hard for them to recognise that we want to find love. It’s good to see that people are starting to take romantic relationships seriously. I’ve been lucky that my support workers have supported me through my relationship but also know when we need some time alone. I really hope people with a learning disability will be given the chance to find love.”