New Project: Big Society? Disabled People with learning disabilities and Civil Society

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Disability Research Forum

Austerity, cuts in services, rising debt and hate crime: could life get any worse for people with learning disabilities? A new project is looking at opportunities, possibilities, interconnections, resources and support in civil society occupied by people labeled with learning disabilities. Four university partners (Manchester Metropolitan University; The University of Sheffield; Northumbria University, and the University of Bristol) will work with three organisations of and for disabled people (Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities; Speak Up Self Advocacy and independent living consultants) who want to engage communities, promote inclusion and self-advocacy. In these times of Big Society and austerity we ask: how can people with learning disabilities live a good life?

You can follow the project via our blog: http://bigsocietydis.wordpress.com/ or on Twitter @BigSocietyDis

Contact: k.runswick-cole@mmu.ac.uk for more information.

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