Introducing our conference speakers – meet Amber!
Stay Up Late’s (un)Ordinary conference in London on March 26th is a conference with a difference. While the majority of those in the audience will be professionals working in the social care sector in one form or another, all of those giving speeches, leading workshops or making presentations will have a learning disability.
The conference will cover three main themes – communities, relationships and work – and will look at ways in which we can work together to overcome the barriers society puts up and ensure people with learning disabilities can lead an ordinary life.
In the run-up to the conference we’ll be introducing a number of our speakers. Today we say hello to Amber Okpa-Stother who will be speaking at the conference about what getting a job has meant for her.
Amber tells us: “I work for Venture Arts in Manchester as a Public Engagement Assistant. We are an art organisation where people with disabilities attend workshops. This could be a photography workshop, textiles and clay. My role is to be an advocate for people with disabilities and help at events and being on reception. I think it’s important that every person with a learning disability has the right to have a well-paid job and be treated like other people without a disability as people with disabilities have great skills that can be beneficial for a job that other people may not have. I have developed my skills in public speaking more and got more confident with this. It’s made me a bit more independent because I have my own money that I must manage. I enjoy being on reception, helping at the exhibitions, handing out audience surveys and meeting the general public.”