Visitors from Oxford

It was Learning disability week this week and it was our pleasure to host some visitors from Oxford. Michael, Kevin and Dan are from My Life My Choice, a self advocacy group from Oxford and have made “an epic 1285 mile journey, visiting Scotland, England and Wales, as they travel the length of this island by public transport”. They started in Inverness on 19th August and will arrive in Land’s End on 25th August. They stopped in at our offices for sandwiches, a photo opportunity and to interview some of the people we support about their experiences of travelling by public transport.

Diane from Listen Up Lanarkshire and Idem and Caroline from Learning Disability Alliance Scotland (both groups that we provide support to) came along to share their experiences.

“Every day in the UK thousands of important journeys are made by people with learning disabilities, motivated by a desire for independence and to be active citizens. However a recent Mencap report revealed that 1 in 4 adults with a learning disability are stuck at home due to cuts to day services. In addition, nine out of ten people with learning disabilities have experienced hate crime and bullying, with 32% experiencing it on a daily or weekly basis. Bullying in public and on public transport is common place. With this in mind these important journeys could also be considered incredible.”

You can read more about the trip here. Look out for them posting a recording of the interview conducted on the day.