Keynote speech - What has Winterbourne View Hospital taught us?
Margaret Flynn

Margaret Flynn will talk about the history of Winterbourne View Hospital and what is known about the 51 people who were patients there. Read the full abstract ...

I don't need to be angry any more
Associate Professor Bjørn-Eirik Johnsen, Assistant Professor Leif Lysvik and Associate Professor Terje Thomsen

By the end of 1995 all Norwegian institutions for people with intellectual disabilities were closed down, and the residents were transferred to local facilities. Read the full abstract ...

Getting someone to listen and Understanding history
Angela Still  and Craig Hart

Angela Still talks about the difficulties she has faced in getting someone to listen to her needs, while Craig Hart talks about how understanding history can help prevent scandals and abuse. Read the full abstract ...

Citizen advocacy is a way to make a positive difference
Barbara Perry

Barbara Perry talks about how citizen advocacy can make a positive difference in the lives of learning disabled people. Read the full abstract ...

Belonging in a community
Kelley Johnson, Rob Hopkins and Joe McGrath

This paper is about belonging and community. Belonging is about relationships with others, about knowing a place and about having a history that you and others share. Read the full abstract ...

Afternoon session - chaired by Craig Hart and Elizabeth Ellis

Remembering Mabel Cooper
Jane Abraham, Dorothy Atkinson and Gloria Ferris

Mabel Cooper played a major part in virtually all our conferences since they started in 1997. This year, for almost the first time in 16 years, she will not be with us for an event that she always looked forward to and enjoyed. Read the full abstract ...

No Going Back: Memories of Prudhoe Hospital
Tim Keilty and Sharon Harrison (Prudhoe residents)

Skills for People is a Self Advocacy Organisation based in Newcastle Upon Tyne. For the past two years we have been working on a project called 'No Going Back'. Read the full abstract ...

Preventing another Winterbourne View - the perspective from older family carers
Oxfordshire Family Support Network

Oxfordshire Family Support Network is small charity that is run by carers for carers. The Changing Scenes Project, aimed at older family carers aged over 60 was set up to offer peer to peer support to older families. This project has been running for just over 6 months. Read the full abstract ...

Learning disabilities and abuse: Learning the lessons from history
Rachel Fyson

There is a long history of people with learning disabilities being abused in hospitals. This is one reason why hospitals were closed down. Read the full abstract ...

Looking ahead to a better future
Sue Dumbleton and Jan Walmsley

This paper will be a personal reflection on 'what works' in supporting people who have a learning disability to enjoy a safe and productive life of their choosing. Read the full abstract ...