Free webinar: Supporting people with profound and multiple learning disabilities

This webinar will take place on Zoom. Click here to register.

Presented by Sarah Swindells, Health & Wellbeing Lead at Dimensions UK, Jordan Smith, Advocacy Lead at Dimensions UK and Annie Fergusson, Associate Family Consultant at Dimensions UK. This webinar will be chaired by Lindsey Allen, Bild’s Learning Disability and Autism Manager. 

About this webinar series

This webinar is part of Bild’s Growing Older with Learning Disabilities (GOLD) series of webinars, which are designed to enable professionals and care and support workers, to support people to live long, happy and healthy lives. Click here to find out more about GOLD.

This webinar will take place on Zoom. Click here to register.

This presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. 

About Sarah Swindells

Sarah currently oversees Health and Wellbeing for the people supported by Dimensions (around 3500 people with learning disabilities and/or autism). Sarah has spent many years campaigning equity for people with learning disabilities and/or autism. She is currently also member of the Bild (British Institute Learning Disabilities) national GOLD steering group (Growing Older with Learning Disabilities). Prior to her role in Dimensions, Sarah managed a Department of Health funded project on Dementia and Learning Disabilities; which went on to win several national awards.

About Jordan Smith

Jordan is a man with Cerebral Palsy who since being supported by Dimensions feels like his life has been transformed by the opportunities available to him – which he has embraced with enthusiasm. He now works for Dimensions and is lead spokesperson for #MyGPandMe.  

Jordan is an advocate for others through his passion in local and national politics and is a spokesperson against the barriers to voting because of his own past experiences and expertise.   

About Annie Fergusson

Annie has a long career working in the area of severe, profound and multiple learning disabilities as a practitioner, manager and academic. Since retiring from her university role, she became part of the Families Team at Dimensions, a care provider.

As a family carer, Annie is a member of the Learning Disability Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme the advisory group, bringing insights from a lived experience of supporting and advocating for individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). A long-standing journal editor and trustee for the charity PMLD LINK Annie helped co-produce ‘Supporting people with profound and multiple learning disabilities: Core and Essential Service Standards’ (Doukas et al, 2017), often known as the “PMLD Standards”.

About Dimensions

Dimensions supports over 3000 people with learning disabilities, autism and a wide range of complex needs to lead ordinary lives in their communities.

They support people, many of whom have histories of distressed behaviour, to have a louder voice, choice and control in their lives. The team delivers ambitious, effective, personalised support often with individuals whose previous support has not been successful.

Working alongside as quality checkers, interviewers or members of our Council, are family members and people they support. Their experiences inform the research the organisation uses to deliver improved outcomes. Together, they continue to prove that life really can get better.

This webinar will take place on Zoom. Click here to register.


Jul 19 2022


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm