Turning Point holds Learning Disability event at Speakers House

News item posted: 17 March 2017

On Wednesday 10th September Turning Point held an event at Speakers House in Westminster to raise awareness of learning disability issues and share their 'Top Priorities' for a new Government.

People with learning disabilities, their carers, and support workers from the seven regions where Turning Point run learning disability services attended the afternoon reception. The event was also attended by representatives with learning disabilities from a number of other organisations including Dimensions, United Response, Real Life Options and The Foundation for people with Learning Disabilities.

The event offered the opportunity to meet with local Councillors, MPs and Peers to discuss the key issues that most affect people with learning disabilities. John Glen, MP for Salisbury spoke at the event about his commitment to supporting people with learning difficulties and the importance of ensuring people were able to access good quality community services.

Turning Point's Managing Director for Learning Disability services, Fiona Ritchie, also spoke at the event and launched Turning Point's Priorities for a New Government, stating 'services have come a long way in the last 50 years but there's still more to do to ensure everyone gets the support they need and that people with a learning disability can live in ordinary homes in ordinary streets, being supported as independently as possible.'

The priorities, informed by people with learning disabilities, include:

• Support for people with learning disabilities to live as independently as possible

• Progress to end health inequalities faced by people with learning disabilities

• An employment and benefits system that is fair and supportive for people with learning disabilities

• More positive role models of people with learning disabilities

• Adequate funding to enable the Care Act reforms to be implemented.

Edward Timpson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families said; "I am heartened to hear of the services that Turning Point provides to help improve the lives of people; offering aspirations and empowering them to make their own choices and decisions."