Open Forum Events has developed a reputation for delivering high quality conferences focusing on the lives of people living with learning disabilities and/or autism. We are pleased to announce that we are expanding our portfolio of such meetings with the publication of our 7th event- Learning Disabilities and Autism: Promoting Positive Outcomes.With soundbites from the government on future social care and the NHS pledging to make learning disabilities and/or autism a ‘national priority’ in their upcoming 10-year plan, this conference will be concentrating on the support and services that are essential for people to thrive. Individuals with learning disabilities and/or autism have the same basic rights to receive equity in areas such as healthcare, independent living, employment opportunities and accommodation. Removing the barriers and providing adequate provision is essential.The conference agenda will introduce new speakers, delivering expert insight into areas of interest not previously addressed.Attendees at this event will benefit from significant, informative content that will focus on enhancing lives and fulfilling potential.Discussion areas will include:meeting future needssupport provision and initiatives already in place and fulfilling a roleexamples of best-case practiceOpen Forum Events is pleased to invite delegates, old and new, to a day of knowledge sharing, discussion and networking. Ideally, the information gained will be applied and utilised in contributing to positive outcomes for people with learning disabilities and/or autism. There are around 1.5m people in the UK who have a learning disability and around 700,000 people living with autism. A learning disability affects the way a person learns new things; how they understand and interpret information; and how they communicate. ‘Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates withand relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.’(Source:The National Autistic Society can present themselves as mild, moderate or severe, which dictates the level of intervention and support needed by each individual. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach. Reviewing the most recent activity, there are two significant announcements designed to improve the lives of people with learning difficulties and/or autism.Firstly, the government has announced a “parallel programme of work” on working-age adults with care needs, which would be aligned with a new green paper on older people’s social care. Secondly, as the NHS prepares its 10-year plan, it has committed to making learning difficulties and/or autism a priority, as it strives to improve health services. The Learning Disabilities and Autism: Promoting Positive Outcomes conference will address a number of needs that are being met by services and initiatives that are already in operation and making a difference. Eradicating health inequalities is key to ensuring that people can experience good health and wellbeing. Promoting in work support schemes cannot only assist work retention but can remove some of the obstacles in the recruitment process. To provide themselves with secure work, some people have gone down the self-advocacy route, creating meaningful jobs for themselves, whilst helping to dictate the future services on offer. Following the Winterbourne View scandal, keeping people out of institutions has been a priority and the closures of such places continue. Having safe and caring environments in the community, as provided by the Shared Lives programmes, can help with the progress towards independent living, provide respite for carers and develop meaningful bonds and relationships. There may be other considerations, running in parallel, that can impact on the quality of people’s lives. As the general population continues to get older, proportionally the number of people with learning difficulties and/or autism rises, exposing them to risk of developing dementia.Challenging behaviour and complex histories can also create additional concern and requires sensitive handling.Join us at The Learning Disabilities and Autism: Promoting Positive Outcomes where the conversation continues on this most important subject