Article: Narrative competence in caring encounters with persons with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities

If part of being a person is our ‘story’, what about people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities who don’t have language? This article by Anita Gjermestad includes 2 profound examples of how healthcare professionals became better able to understand their patients; Kate Sanders remarked: it ‘exemplifies person-centredness’. Daniel Marsden commented ‘I was struck by the enthusiasm to engage staff in actively listening to this traditionally disenfranchised group of people. The practice in this regard has many implications across the world and in particular in the context of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.’

Read the article here.

Local Meeting Update!

We are happy to announce that Mike Le-Surf from Mencap will be attending some of our local meetings in January to unveil plans for Mencap’s ‘Treat Me Well’ campaign which will run in February 2018. The campaign’s aim is to ensure that learning disability is high on the agenda with healthcare professionals and health trusts.

Mike will be attending on the following dates: Gillingham 8 Jan, Worthing 24 Jan, Crawley 30 Jan and Canterbury 30 Jan. If you can’t make one of these, we hope to borrow his presentation for the remaining 2018 dates so we will still discuss the campaign.

There is also one NEW DATE which will be held on Tue 30 January 2018, 15:00 – 17:00 at Canterbury college.

If you would like to attend one of the 2018 events, please let us know you are coming by following the relevant link to book.

GILLINGHAM 8 JAN: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kssldcop-local-meeting-gillingham-2018-tickets-40901262778

WORTHING 24 JAN: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kssldcop-local-meeting-worthing-2018-tickets-40901298886

CRAWLEY 30 JAN: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kssldcop-local-meeting-crawley-2018-tickets-40901385144

CANTERBURY 30 JAN: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kssldcop-local-meeting-canterbury-2018-tickets-40901548633

LEATHERHEAD 31 JAN: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kssldcop-local-meeting-leatherhead-2018-tickets-40905044088

HELLINGLY 1 FEB (morning): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kssldcop-local-meeting-hellingly-1-tickets-40905211589

HELLINGLY 1 FEB (afternoon): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kssldcop-local-meeting-hellingly-2-tickets-40905089223

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