Spotlight on Abuse of people with learning disabilities in Assessment and Treatment Units

We would like to invite you to the first of our Spotlight on events: a series of talks to shed light and raise awareness about important issues related to learning disabilities.

The first will take place on Thursday 13 July at The London Canal Museum in Camden.
The topic is the Abuse of people with learning disabilities: ‘Assessment and treatment units - a scandal in plain sight’.

We will focus on the injustice of people with learning disabilities still being locked up in assessment and treatment units and how we can change this.

We have a fantastic line up of speakers for you:

Alexis Quinn, who is autistic, was wrongly detained in an assessment and treatment unit for three years. In her book Unbroken she wrote about her experience and how she escaped.

Sara Ryan is the mother of Connor Sparrowhawk. Her book Justice for Laughing Boy is about her son’s tragic and preventable death in an NHS hospital. She is a professor of social care and an expert in learning disabilities.

George Julian is an award-winning freelance journalist who specialises in investigations and inquests into the deaths of people with learning disabilities and autism.

Amanda Topps is a consultant, who has developed policy for local government and charities that promotes equality for people with learning disabilities. She is currently working on the Small Supports Programme, enabling people with learning disabilities to live successfully in their communities.

T he event will be chaired by author and historian of learning disability and LDN London trustee Simon Jarrett.

The speakers will tell their stories and give their expert opinions. There will also be discussion and debate, and we will invite the audience to ask questions.

The discussion will be followed by a drink and an opportunity to network and to meet the speakers.

Cost: a donation of your choice (we politely suggest £5). But we appreciate that some people are struggling with the cost-of-living crisis and may need to pay less than this.

Date and time: Thursday 13 July, 6:30pm - 8.30 pm

Address: London Canal Museum, 12/13 New Wharf Rd, London N1 9RT

With your ticket you will also receive a drink at our post-talk reception, where you can meet the speakers and other guests.

Book your tickets here: LDN London Spotlight On: Abuse of people with learning disabilities Tickets, Thu 13 Jul 2023 at 18:30 | Eventbrite

About Learning Disability Network London

Learning Disability Network London (formerly the Westminster Society) is a charity which supports adults and children with learning disabilities and their families in five boroughs across London.

We provide a range of support, from a few hours a week up to round-the clock care.

Our services include supported living, domiciliary care, residential care, outreach and respite. We help people we support and their families to choose what’s right for them.

We are driven by the belief that every person with a learning disability has the right to live a full, safe, healthy, and inclusive life, and have access to the same opportunities as everyone else.