Has It Ended? A Symposium on the institutionalisation of people with learning disabilities


Access All Areas and Baroness Sheila Hollins would like to invite you to a symposium on the history of institutionalisation of people with learning disabilities, alongside a performance of MADHOUSE re:exit at Shoreditch Town Hall on Monday 19th March 2018 from 10.30am.

The symposium seeks to raise public awareness and debate on the effects that isolation and confinement have on people with learning disabilities.

It will question the ‘history’ of institutionalisation, asking whether the closure of long-stay hospitals has ended institutionalisation, or if contemporary isolation at home has similar physical and mental effects.

This event will bring together self-advocates, academics, activists, policymakers, service providers and other allies of people with learning disabilities to discuss the history of institutionalisation and the inspiration behind the creation of MADHOUSE re:exit.

Speakers include:
Nick Llewellyn (Artistic Director of Access All Areas and Director of MADHOUSE re:exit)
Baroness Sheila Hollins (Professor of the Psychiatry of Learning Disability and Member of the House of Lords)
Jan Walmsley (Visiting Professor in the History of Learning Disabilities at the Open University).

Alongside the symposium will be the launch of Books Beyond Words and Access All Areas’ book, ‘Belonging’, which explores a contemporary account of social isolation using a visual story to enable people with learning disabilities to identify solutions to their situations. Following this will be an artistic response to these issues, a large-scale immersive performance called MADHOUSE re:exit.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Shoreditch Town Hall is fully accessible but if you have any access requirements that you would like to let us know about before the event, please click here or call 0207 613 6445.

Please book your place as soon as possible as there is limited capacity: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/has-institutionalisation-ended-a-symposium-and-evening-performance-tickets-42993050371