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Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) Conference 2017

Doing research on the social history of learning disability: Learning Lessons

Date: Thursday 20th and Friday 21st July 2017

Time: 10.00am-4.15pm

Location: Rooms 1-4, Michael Young Building, The Open University, Walton Hall, MK7 6AA

We are delighted to announce that the next Social History of Learning Disability Conference will be held at the Open University in Milton Keynes on 20th and 21st July 2017.

The theme of the conference is ‘Doing research on the social history of learning disability: Learning Lessons’.   

People have been doing exciting and important research into the social history of learning disability in recent years. This includes research by self-advocates, academics, community groups, students, families and practitioners. This research has taken many different – and often very creative – forms.

Our 2016 conference focused on why it is important that we continue to do research on the history of learning disability. A strong case was made that history still matters. But at last year’s conference we also talked a lot about how this research is done. We said we needed to do more thinking together about the ‘how?’ question.

The conference has been designed to give you an opportunity to hear about cutting edge research in the field, as well as plenty of time for discussion and networking. Day 1 will be focused on presentations and panel discussion, whereas Day 2 will be more interactive, with a mix of papers and workshop activity. This will enable us to explore – inclusively – future directions for learning disability history research.

 

We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker is Associate Professor Iva Strnadová, from the University of New South Wales. Iva is widely acknowledged as an international expert in the field of intellectual disabilities, particularly in the area of transitions across the life course. Her research aims to contribute to a better understanding and the improvement of life experiences of disabled people. Iva has been awarded over 20 competitive grants (either as Lead Chief Investigator or as Co-Chief Investigator) in Australia and Europe and has published widely. Iva also edited a special issue on inclusive research, published by the Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities in 2014. Iva is currently part of an inclusive research team investigating peer support for parents with intellectual disabilities. Furthermore, Iva’s research in the field of intellectual disabilities and belonging has led to a book contract with Routledge on the role of belonging among this population, co-authored with Prof Kelley Johnson and Prof Jan Walmsley.

Iva’s keynote will focus on the topic of belonging in learning disability research, and the methods being used to build of understanding of this field.

 

For more information about the programme, please click below.

Day 1 Programme

Day 2 Programme

Registration is now open

Please register for the conference by 10th July 2017.

To register please click the appropriate link below

Option A - Two days

Option B - One day - Thursday 20th July

Option C - One day - Friday 21st July

Option D - Two days - Students

Option E - One day - Thursday 20th July - Students

Option F - One day - Friday 21st July - Students

Option G - Two days - low income/pensioners

Option H - One day - Thursday 20th July - low income/pensioners

Option I - One day - Friday 21st July - low income/pensioners

Option J - Two days - unwaged

Option K - One day - Thursday 20th July - unwaged

Option L - One day - Friday 21st July - unwaged

There are a limited number of free sponsored places for people who genuinely cannot pay. You will need to request a free place by 26th May 2017. Please contact Laura-Jane Leggett to make a case for a free place (shld-conference@open.ac.uk / 01908 652083). If you are making a case by email, please make sure it is no more than 300 words.  The Conference Committee will then make a decision about who can receive the free places, based on merit. We will let you know by 9th June 2017.