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2014 Conference

Details from our 2014 conference will be available in due course

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Our most recent conference:

Information from our most recent conference can be found below.

For details of previous conferences and seminars, please click on any of the titles at the bottom of this page in order to view that event's programme, abstracts and audio recordings (where available).

Conference - 2013 - Avoiding More Winterbourne Views: What can we learn from history? was held at The Open University, Milton Keynes on 8th July 2013

The 2013 Conference is dedicated to the memory of Mabel Cooper who sadly died earlier this year, aged 68.

The Avoiding More Winterbourne Views: What can we learn from history? conference was held on Monday 8th July 2013 at The Open University, Milton Keynes.

Coffee and registration
AM session: Chaired by members of Carlisle People First Research Group
Introduction - Sue Ledger and Nigel Ingham
Keynote speech - What has Winterbourne View Hospital taught us?
Margaret Flynn, Author of the Serious Case Review into Winterbourne View
I don't need to be angry any more Associate Professor Bjørn-Eirik Johnsen, Assistant Professor Leif Lysvik and Associate Professor Terje Thomsen (Harstad University College, Norway)
Tea and coffee

Getting someone to listen
Understanding history

Angela Still (Central England People First)
Craig Hart (Central England People First)

Citizen Advocacy is a way to make a positive difference Barbara Perry (Citizen Advocate)
Belonging in a community Kelley Johnson (University of Bristol)
Rob Hopkins and Joe McGrath (Clare Inclusive Research Group, Ireland)
Questions and discussion
During the lunch period slides commenorating the life and work of Mabel Cooper will be shown. A book of condolences will be available throughout the conference for people to record their tributes and memories
PM session: Chaired by Craig Hart and Elizabeth Ellis
Remembering Mabel Cooper Jane Abraham, Dorothy Atkinson and Gloria Ferris
No going back: Memories of Prudhoe Hopsital Tim Keilty and Sharon Harrison (Prudhoe residents)
Preventing another Winterbourne View - the perspective from older family carers Oxfordshire Family Support Network
Tea and coffee
Learning disabilities and abuse: Learning the lessons from history Rachel Fyson (University of Nottingham)
Looking ahead to a better future Sue Dumbleton (The Open University in Scotland) and Jan Walmsley (Visiting Chair, The Open University)



Previous conferences and seminars:


2012 (July) Health and Learning Disability: Past, present and future
2011 (July) Friendships, Networks and Learning Disabilities: Friends' Stories and Stories about Friends
2010 (July) Staff Stories and Stories about Staff
2009 (July) Families, History and Learning Difficulties
2008 (July) Spending Time

2007 (July)

Learning Disability, Relationships and Sexuality: Past and Present

2006 (March)

Public and Private Lives

2005 (July)

The Stories People Tell: Biography and Learning Disability

2002 (December)

The History of Advocacy and Self Advocacy

2001 (December)

Testimonies of Resistance in Learning Disability History


2008 (July) Spending Time in Institutions

2007 (July)

Researching Institutional Histories

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