Peter & Friends talk about Covid-19 and having a Learning Disability

The experience of Covid-19 for people with intellectual or learning disabilities and/or autistic people Register Now

About this event

Date: 29 October 2020
Location: This event will be delivered virtually.
Time: 13:30 - 17:00
Price: Free
Telephone: Please email.
Organiser: London South Bank University

Covid-19 has impacted the lives of people all over the world. LSBU is proud to present this event to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on some of those people living with intellectual or learning disabilities in collaboration with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities.

The event will not only focus on the trauma and challenges Covid-19 has caused but on the resilience and positive attitude of people with learning disabilities around the world.  This is a virtual and interactive half day event with a variety of presentations, polls, role plays and songs.


Here's the programme:

1.30pm -  How to use Zoom

1.40pm - About the conference introduction Ed and Peter

1.55pm - Poll Question 1

2pm -  Sir Norman Lamb

2.20pm - Poll Question 2

2.25pm - Christine and Pat

2.40pm Poll Question 3

2.45pm - Interview with Almudena

3pm - Poll Question 4

3.05pm - Interview with Richard Orrett

3.20pm - Poll Question 5

3.25pm - Steve and Sunny

3.35pm - Poll Question 6

3.40pm - Down side up

3.50pm - Poll Question 7

3.55pm - Cardiff Vox

4.05pm - Poll question 8

4.10pm - Jim and Lloyd

4.25pm - Poll Question 9 and 10

4.30pm - Questions

4.50pm - Goodbye and Answers to poll

5pm -  Close

This event will be delivered using Zoom. We will send you the joining instructions three days before the event.

Throughout the event we will be holding a series of polls and asking people to vote on a selection of Covid-19 related questions. Make sure someone who knows about phones, computers or tablets  is with you.



Peter Cronin,who started and oversaw the book is a  self-advocate, representative for employment at Lewisham Speaking Up and lead editor of this book. Peter will be the compere for this event. His compassion for equality for all and supporting people with learning disabilities to have a platform to be heard shines through. He also has a a great sense of humour!

Sir Norman Lamb is a solicitor and was the Member of Parliament for North Norfolk from 2001 to 2019. He has tirelessly throughout his career has been championing the human rights of people with learning disabilities, especially since events at Winterbourne View came into the public eye in 2012. He is now chair of the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.


  • Prof. Eddie Chaplin, London South Bank University
  • Christine-Koulla Burker, Head of the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
  • Steve Hardy, Practice Development Nurse at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
  • Hayley Newman, Downside up
  • Lloyd Page, MENCAP and Lewisham Speaking up
  • Pat Charlesworth, National Network for Palliative Care for People with a Learning Disability and member of Hackney People First on the Partnership Forum
  • Jim Blair. Independent Consultant Nurse
  • Sunny Sokhal, Member of 'Can You Understand It?' team and 'Advocacy For All' in Bexley
  • Almudena Morterlli, President of Alapar, Spain
  • Mathew Roberts, Postgraduate Occupational Therapy Student of Cardiff University

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