Nov 212017
Saturday 25th November, 2017   11am – 4:30pm

336 Brixton Road, London, SW9 7AA

The aim of the conference is to take stock of the key barriers to independent living that Disabled people who use adult social care services face. The day will aim to assess how far the situation has deteriorated in the last year and also to explore a shared vision for an independent living support system that can truly uphold our rights.


11 – 11:30am Registration

11:30am Opening Session
Welcome – Brian Hilton (Chair)
Introduction to the day & recap since last year
– Ellen Clifford (DPAC) and Mark Harrison (Equal Lives/Norfolk DPAC)

12pm Workshops – Barriers to Independent Living
Charging – facilitated by Jenny Hurst (ADKC)
Assessment And Reviews – facilitated by Mark Williams (BDEF) and Tracey Lazard (Inclusion London)
Hourly Rates And Recruiting PAs – facilitated by Theresa Hodge (SENDPO)

12:45pm Lunch

1:30pm Welcome back
Book reading by Penny Pepper from her memoirs “First in the World Somewhere”
Using the media to make the invisible visible – Cherylee Houston (actor and campaigner)

2pm Workshops – the way forwards
Alternative Models Of Independent Living – facilitated by Steve Graby (Manchester DPAC) with a presentation by Emma Vogelmann on ‘Looking abroad to alternative models’
Independent Living Support Principles – facilitated by Mark Harrison (Equal Lives/Norfolk DPAC) with a presentation by Zara Todd (ENIL) on ‘Lessons from Australia’s National Insurance Scheme’
Campaigning For The Right To Independent Living – facilitated by Tracey Lazard (Inclusion London) with a presentation on ‘Using local elections’ by Kevin Caulfield (hafcac)

3pm Break

3:20pm Feedback from workshops and next steps
Independent living principles
Core characteristics of alternative models
Key campaign objectives & actions

3:45pm Agreeing our positions

4:30pm Close

Mark Harrison and Peter Beresford have written an article for Labour Briefing on alternative models for independent living – CLICK HERE to read and HERE for plain text format.

Please CLICK HERE to view Occupy London’s event page for the day where you will find a link to the livestream channel. The channel won’t be showing videos of the conference until the event starts this Saturday (but you may see Occupy London posting livestreams before then). For anyone you know who can’t make the day, please share the link with them. Please join us in using the hashtag #Right2IL to tweet about the conference.

If you have any questions about the day, please email ellen.morrison@inclusionlondon.


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