LDA England goes live
LDA England has launched its website: [this link is no longer available]
This marks a major milestone in the development of a movement to protect and enhance the rights of people with learning disabilities. LDA England brings together the 4 key umbrella groups for people with learning disabilities:
- National Forum of People with Learning Disabilities
- National Valuing Family Forum
- Association for Real Change, and
- Housing & Support Alliance
LDA England is a membership organisation. It already has over 1,000 individual members, plus 49 organisational members. Online subscription is available here: [this link is no longer available]
LDA England will be focused on campaigning and quality checking Government and the political parties in advance of the UK General Election on 7th May 2015.
The creation of LDA England has been welcomed by self-advocates:
"If it makes the regional forum and the voice of people with learning difficulties stronger and louder, then Wiltshire People 1st say go for it!"
Leading self-advocate Simon Cramp said:
"I can't wait to get stuck in to persuade and convince people that we need a fairer deal is people want ti count on our votes."
Simon Duffy, who is coordinating the development of the Alliance said:
"The past few years have seen a radical reverse in the rights of people with learning disabilities. Things have never been so bad. So it makes sense to unite. Individuals and organisations often feel powerless in the face of bad policies and the ignorance of the system. Unity can make us stronger and braver."
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