Grassroots charity promoting the right for people with learning disabilities to have a choice about how they live their lives

Introducing our conference speakers – meet C4C!

12
Mar
2019

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, all of those giving speeches, leading workshops or making presentations will have a learning disability.

In the run-up to the conference we'll be introducing a number of our speakers. Today we say hello to Campaign4Change who will be hosting one of our lunchtime breakout sessions.

"We are a self-advocacy group for people with Learning Disabilities. We are hosting on of the lunchtime breakout sessions on our campaign called #MindYourLanguage. When staff speak badly about us or other people in care, it makes us feel really bad inside and cry, it can make some people even feel suicidal. There are many names that staff call us, such as ‘client’, ‘tenant’, ‘resident’, ‘service user’, ‘they’, ‘feeder’, ‘wheelchair’, ‘DL’, but we prefer to be called by our names. Those words can make us feel uncomfortable and that we are separate to other people. Our name is our identity. We think of ourselves as Mary, Leon, Mark, Vicki and Chris, and not as ‘Service Users’. When staff speak about us and to us with respect, we feel that we deserve respect, we feel good about ourselves. And when we feel good about ourselves, we can enjoy our lives and achieve many things."