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Housing and people with learning disabilities

Having a settled home is a fundamental human need; yet for people with learning disabilities, access to a range of suitable and affordable housing options is not always straightforward or consistent. A number of housing options exist for people with learning disabilities, yet awareness of how these can be secured needs to be raised. This conference will explore how important housing is in creating a whole life and what options exist for tenants or homeowners. The Department of Health and the Valuing People Now team launched the Housing Rights Resource Pack, which covers many topics relating to housing options available for people with learning disabilities. The conference will give an opportunity to consider local authority commissioning, ownership and rented options, tenancy and mental capacity concerns. This one day conference will bring delegates up-to-date on a range of topics that together underpin a whole and settled life for people with learning disabilities. Key themes • How housing plays a part in creating a whole life • The right and capacity of people with learning disability to rent or own their home • How tenants are now protected by the Tenant Services Authority • What are the financial issues and concerns that must be considered • What options are available for low cost ownership • How assistive technology can play a part in enabling independence Speakers at the event Chair: Ian Copeman Housing Options Scott Watkin National Co-director, Learning Disabilities, Department of Health Karyn Kirkpatrick National Housing Lead, Valuing People Now Barbara McIntosh Co-director, Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities Nigel King Lead Housing Advisor, Housing Options Barbara McLellan Equality & Diversity Advisor, Tenant Services Authority Maurice Harker Associate Advisor, Housing Options Dave Jackson Director of Development, Choice Support and founder member of Association of Supported Living Judith Hawkshaw Head of Special Projects, Suffolk County Council Amanda Johnson Lead Housing Advisor, Housing Options Dr Kevin Doughty Consultant and Deputy Director, Centre for Usable Home Technologies, University of York and Independent Telecare and Assisted Living Consultant Wendy Green Freelance housing consultant Jo Bridges HOLD Co-ordinator, in touch, part of the Hyde Group Who should attend Local authority leads for adult social care and learning disability Housing leards from Learning Disability Partnership Boards Senior policy, strategy and enabling managers in housing departments Senior executives from third sector support and housing providers Registered social landlords Consultants and advisers to social housing developers Developers of assistive technology for the home Workshops A. Direct payments, benefits and other financial issues for people with learning disabilities B. Adults with autism and their housing requirements C. Transition in settlement D. Planning and commissioning housing for people with learning disabilities: a toolkit for local authorities Pricing £ 255.00 + VAT for Public sector/educational/charity/NHS'/local gov/voluntary orgs £ 295.00 + VAT for Central gov/private orgs £ 195.00 + VAT for Unwaged/student/small vol orgs

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14 July 2010 07:30 to 14:45
ORT House Conference Centre, London NW1
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