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Supporting participation, autonomy and a good life in the community: lessons from across the world

Tuesday 7th July 2020

Celebrating 20 years of implementing and evaluating active support

Venue: Keynes Lecture Theatre 1, University of Kent
This one day conference will focus on the implementation of active support and the lessons learnt from research and practice internationally. Speakers from United Response will be joined by speakers from universities other support providing organisations and schools in the UK and across the world, including Australia, Norway, the USA and Canada.

Wednesday 8th July 2020

Support for Decision-making by People with Intellectual Disabilities

Venue: Keynes Lecture Theatre 1, University of Kent
The assertion by the UNCPRD that all people with disabilities have the right to make decisions about their own lives, has generated considerable debate about the legal frameworks, policies and practices necessary to translate rights into everyday realities for people with intellectual disabilities. It is suggested that supported decision-making should replace guardianship as a primary legal mechanism for supporting decision-making. There are commonalties but also substantial differences in the approaches countries have taken to thinking about reform of guardianship laws, schemes for supported decision-making and the practice of providing both informal and formal decision-making support. There has been significant attention to strategies for building the capacity for self-determination among people with intellectual disabilities, and the skills necessary for supporters to provide rights based support.

This one-day event aims to bring together researchers, practitioners and policy makers to share research about approaches to realising the right of people with intellectual disabilities to make decisions about their own lives. It provides opportunities for discussion about key ideas, to compare and contrast initiatives and consider common practice challenges.

Registration Fees - £95 per day to include full conference attendance, refreshments, lunch and delegate pack.

Campus accommodation is available to book between the 6th to 9th July 2020 for £49.50 per night.

Thursday 9th July 2020

Roundtable on Supporting Decision-making for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Venue: Keynes College (Seminar Room 1), University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NP
The roundtable will be organised by the IASSIDD Comparative Policy and Practice Special Interest Research group but will be open to others.  It will extend the focus of the conference on 8th July, by mapping policy, practice and research on supporting decision making in different countries. 

Registration Fee: £45 per person to include full conference attendance, refreshments and lunch. 

Contact Information

For conference enquiries, please email - Julie Beadle-Brown -
For registration, payment or accommodation queries, please contact: Louisa Harvey -

Further Information
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