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The 2000s: Listening to the real experts

Making a difference to people's lives

Keith Smith 1
Over the last ten years, BILD has taken a leading role in turning policy into practice, in particular by supporting the Valuing People team‟s work.

Our work on positive behaviour support has reinforced the need to fully implement the Mansell 2 report in developing local services for people whose behaviour challenges.

Examples of abuse in Cornwall, Sutton and Merton and recently at Winterbourne View, compounded with failings in access to NHS healthcare exposed by Mencap's 'Death by Indifference' gave fresh evidence that, as the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights Report 'A life like any other?', reported, the human rights of people with learning disabilities are ignored on a daily basis.

BILD's work in future will focus on where we believe we can make a real difference to people's lives and to family carers and will place their experiences and stories at the heart of all we do.

Keith Smith
BILD Chief Executive

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Interested in finding out more?

We have produced a short document covering the issues and stories shown in these pages for you to download.

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Help us to keep making a difference in people's lives - please contribute to our 40th Anniversary Appeal

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BILD's advocacy partners

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BILD has worked in partnership with many advocacy groups in delivering the English and Welsh advocacy grant programmes. The end of the English programme has left many advocacy groups vulnerable to a lack of funding, especially self advocacy groups.

BILD has benefitted from setting up Build for the Future an advisory group drawn from six advocacy organisations that make sure that our work addresses the issues that are important to them.

"people actually listen, years ago no-one listened"

“Four decades ago people with learning disabilities were amongst the most powerless people in society. It was unthinkable that people with learning disabilities would be speaking out and organising themselves to seek better living situations, social and political equality, and decent paid jobs. With support from advocacy and self advocacy organisations, people with learning disabilities have gained the confidence to speak up and make changes.”

Sylvia Lacy, Our Way Self Advocacy

“Never in a million years did I think my son would ever live away from home let alone ever have a girlfriend, now he is engaged and getting married!”

Family Carer

“I feel stronger because now I am given the chance to say how I feel and people actually listen, years ago no-one listened”

Self Advocate

Reaching out into the communities

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BILD‟s PAST Project - Personal Advocacy Storytelling - helped people to understand the potential of personalisation for their communities by looking at successful work already done by some.

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Giving us A Voice Charter 2011 image
Giving Us a Voice created a National Charter of good practice for people with learning disabilities from Black and Minority Ethnic communities.

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'Involve Me' Project
Involve Me identified ways to support people with profound and multiple learning disabilities to communicate their choices and decisions.

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Books helping make change happen no. 4

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Principles of learning disability support
Principles of learning disability support.

John Brooke (2007)

This book is one in a long line of books aimed at support workers and those new to working with people with a learning disability. BILD has produced successful publications to support the health and social care qualifications for over 10 years now. Our new good support series will have 14 books in it.

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Interested in the history of learning disability?

The Open University's social history of learning disability research group have their own website. They run conferences, produce life stories and write books and papers.

Find out more at their website.

Timeline: 2000s

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