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

Harrison, K., Harding, C., Bukhari, S. & Hickin, J. (2012). The People in Control Conference at City University, London: ‘‘We have opinions to share about our lives’. Tizard Learning Disability Review, 17(4), pp. 169-176. doi: 10.1108/13595471211272514


Abstract Purpose – 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. Design/methodology/approach – 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. Findings – 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. Originality/value – Increased opportunities for service users have cultural and clinical benefits for all involved.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is (c) Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Publisher Keywords: Speech and language therapy students, Service user‐led teaching, Service user communication competence, Clinical values, Social care, Learning disabilities, Service delivery, Students
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Language & Communication Science
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