Introducing our conference speakers – meet Simon!

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 Simon Richards.

“I am 36 and have Asperger’s Syndrome. I regularly go to local events in or near Cardiff including open mic nights and karaoke. I am part of a drama group Odyssey and get to perform at the Wales Millennium Centre each year with them. I am chairperson and member of Cardiff People First, a self-advocacy charity for people with learning disabilities. In the past 10 years I have gone from a person who mostly stayed in, in the evenings, to a person who is often out and about, either at a karaoke or open mic night or at the Odyssey rehearsing for our next show. I have been in a supported living house for about four years and proud of the fact I can travel independently and safely to venues.”

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