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Daybook takes top spot at UK User Experience awards

The prestigious UK User Experience awards celebrate excellence in user-focused digital or service design. Daybook, our ‘digital diary’ for people with learning disabilities, was named the winner in the non-profit category.

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Lucy Watts MBE at Total Voice Northamptonshire re-launch

At an event to re-launch our advocacy services in Northamptonshire, guest presenter Lucy Watts MBE spoke about her difficult, ongoing journey to get her rights upheld and receive the care package that she so desperately needs.

Advocacy has been key to this journey and she wants everyone to understand just how vital advocates are. Lucy’s experience is deeply humbling and there was a lot of blinking and veiled sniffs during her talk.

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Piloting Daybook

Daybook, the digital diary for People with Learning Disabilities, is now at the final stage of piloting in Gloucestershire, South Tyneside, Liverpool and Worcestershire.  During the co-creation and piloting we have worked alongside 173 People with Learning Disabilities, including 46 people with Complex Needs and 34 people who don’t access formal services.  Supporters and family members have also engaged with the process.

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Speak Out On Line is now Daybook

Our prototype digital diary was designed and co-created with people with learning disabilities and aims to improve the conversation and communication between People with Learning Disabilities and those that provide support and services. 

activities being done by pilot groups, using pictures and ipads

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Proposed changes to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)

The Law Commission published draft legislation to reform the law on DoLS on 13 March 2017. This law affects many thousands of people, most of whom are living in care homes and nursing homes. 

VoiceAbility engaged with the Law Commission strongly throughout the process with the aim of shaping the proposals so that they would provide effective, proportionate and realistic safeguards to disabled people’s rights. ​The Commission have concluded that the current system is ‘in crisis’ and must be changed and we have summarised the proposed impact for advocacy.

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