Panel discussion on Challenges for Learning Disabilities during COVID

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This is a recording of the live event  24 November 2020

Session 1–  24 November 11.00 to 12.15

Challenges for Learning Disability Services during the COVID pandemic

Coping with the pandemic is challenging for all of us, but this is particularly true for people with a learning disability, who may not understand why certain changes are happening, and who may have even less choice and control over their lives than usual. We need to understand how loss of contact with family and friends, day services, respite, voluntary roles or employment, and grief is affecting the emotional wellbeing of this group.


Julie Beadle Brown
Julie Beadle-Brown
Steve Hardy
Steve Hardy
Learning Disability Nurse

Julie is a Professor in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at Kent and Professor in Disability at La Trobe University, Australia. Professor Beadle-Brown completed her Masters in French and Pschology and PhD at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Her PhD focused on imitation, theory of mind and play in autistic children and adults.
In 1998 Julie was appointed as Lecturer in Learning Disability to teach on the Service Issues and Research Methods modules of a newly developed MSc in Analysis and Intervention in Learning Disability. Since then, she has played a key role in developing the use of e-learning and distance learning at the Tizard Centre and has developed new programmes in Autism Studies at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

I am dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of people with learning disabilities and the continued development and the strengthening of this branch of nursing.

My clinical experience has included both the mental and physical health of adults in prevention, promoting the public health agenda and multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary interventions. I have a proven track record across a number of areas which include: developing and delivering high quality levels of service in clinical practice, education and development, leadership and consultancy, service development and evaluation. I have worked in three NHS Trusts in both clinical and education roles and have worked both home and abroad to develop and improve services.

Sam Clark
Sam Clark
Chief Executive of Learning Disability England

Sam has worked in several places supporting people to live independently. Sam learnt a lot about communities and how to get involved in making communities and people’s lives better.
Sam is passionate about the contribution we all can make being valued & recognised & is always looking for opportunities to collaborate with & learn from other people.

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