- There is plenty to celebrate as well as things to be angry about in terms of the level and quality of access that people with learning disabilities experience.
- People with learning disabilities want the same opportunities for access as everyone else.
- We need to be critics of access issues – so that we keep on trying to improve.
- We all have a responsibility to try and change things.
- There it no single solution to access issues.
- Access is as much about the relationships that we develop with people, as the goals or outcomes.
We can all make a difference if we:
- Raise the expectations of professionals, parents and people with learning disabilities themselves, by raising awareness of good “access practices”.
- Talk properly with people with disabilities-as happened at the seminars- in ways that are free of jargon, unhurried and respectful.
- All work together so that the views and opinions of people with learning disabilities are heard in places where it matters (for example self-advocacy conferences and Partnership Boards).