On 12th March 2019, ExChange Wales held its first conference of the year; ‘Time for Change: Improving Care & Support for People with Learning Disabilities’, at Llancaiach Fawr Manor in Caerphilly County Borough.
The day was chaired by Sian Davies, Head of Strategic Programmes at Mencap Cymru.
The morning began with the introduction of our first speaker, Dr Sara Ryan, a researcher from the University of Oxford.
Presentation: Current challenges and dilemmas within learning disability research and activism
In her presentation, Dr Sara Ryan discussed her journey from academia to activism after the premature death of her son Connor whilst he was in the care of the state. She spoke passionately about the lessons that should be learnt from the mistakes that were made and how fighting for justice takes its toll on families that have lost a loved one.