The People in Control Conference at City University, London: "We have opinions to share about our lives"

Celia Harding, Sabhooi Bukhari, Kirsty Harrison, Julie Hickin

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The purpose of this paper is to consider the benefits of service users contributing to university teaching and having opportunities to present at a conference, both for student learning and clinical development objectives as well as for the service users themselves.

With reference to current policies and good practice guidelines, the article reflects on the experiences of both the students and the service users in relation to the literature and the events that led to the People in Control Conference.

Students valued the experience in terms of developing knowledge and insight into different techniques to facilitate both receptive and expressive communication. Students also had opportunities to think about their own perceptions of disability. Service users have gained in communication confidence and competence as well as getting opportunities to have their voices heard.

Increased opportunities for service users have cultural and clinical benefits for all involved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-176
Number of pages8
JournalTizard Learning Disability Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2012

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