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

The People in Control Conference at City University, London: “We have opinions to share about our... 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tizard Learning Disability Review Emerald Publishing

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

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1359-5474
DOI
10.1108/13595471211272514
Publisher site
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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.

Journal

Tizard Learning Disability ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 12, 2012

Keywords: Speech and language therapy students; Service user‐led teaching; Service user communication competence; Clinical values; Social care; Learning disabilities; Service delivery; Students

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