Pavilion’s 2012 Learning Disability Today conference has been shortlisted for the upcoming Conference Awards 2013, under the category ‘Best Conference alongside an Exhibition’.

Learning Disability Today is 1 of 5 shortlisted entries with the winner being announced on 7th June at the Conference Awards ceremony.

The 2012 conference was held on 28th November last year at Olympia in London and in a single day attracted 1,500 delegates, 60 exhibitors and 68 speakers.

The event offers an opportunity for professionals, people with learning disabilities and their carers to meet in one place and discuss topical policy and practical issues.

Against a backdrop of funding cuts and the Winterbourne View abuse scandal, the Learning Disability Today 2012 conference was updated to create a more forward-looking and positive day. A key focus of the event was the ‘reasons to be cheerful’ theme which involved describing ways to improve the quality of life within a small budget.

Dan Parton, editor of Learning Disability Today magazine, said: “This nomination is a great reward for all the hard work put in by the events team to last year’s event and a testament to the quality of the speakers and exhibitors at the event.”

The next Learning Disability Today event will take place on 14th May at Sheffield’s Hillsborough Stadium.  Learning Disability Today focuses on current national objectives and discuss how they can be translated and implemented, to provide high quality local services for people with learning disabilities. Showcasing innovative projects and organisations that extend choice and control for people with learning disabilities across all areas of their lives, the day of seminars cover a wide range of issues and concerns for people with learning disabilities, their families, carers and the people that work with them.

Check out the Learning Disability Today website here for more details.  Home Care Direct will be attending this great event and hope to see you there too.  If you’d like to share your experiences of previous events please get in touch with us here.