24 June 2013

A celebration event planned to officially mark the launch of the new Rights Charter for people with learning disabilities will take place this week (Wednesday 26th June).

The new charter details what people with learning disabilities should expect when using services in Northamptonshire. It has been produced by the Learning Disability Partnership board and aims to make sure disabled people are treated in the same way as everyone else.

The document has been signed by various local organisations as part of their commitment to ensuring people are treated equally and they have agreed to work to it in their dealings with customers who have a learning disability.

What will the celebration event involve?

The celebration event will be hosted by Northamptonshire County Council chief executive Paul Blantern and will include stalls, a play, a workshop, a buffet lunch as well as speeches by Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds, disability equality campaigner Jane Cordell and Richard, a young man with learning disabilities, who will speak about his experience of hate crime.

Councillor Suresh Patel, county council cabinet member for adult social care said: “Everyone has the right to be treated in the same way, including people with learning disabilities. On behalf of the county council, I am very happy to support the launch of the Rights Charter and commend all the organisations who have also signed this important document.

“The celebration event will be a great opportunity for everyone to gather together and mark the launch of the charter. I hope as many people as possible come along and enjoy the day.”

The event will take place on Wednesday 26th June at Kettering Conference Centre from 9:15am to 1:45pm.

For more information about the event, call Lisa Cousins on 01536 532884.