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Source: Ulster University 28/01/2016

This conference will provide up-to-date evidence on the most effective supports for people with learning disabilities and their family carers as they transition into older age focusing on housing options, day/leisure opportunities, respite and domiciliary support.

In the morning session Prof Mary McCarron (Trinity College Dublin) and Prof Philip McCallion (University of Albany, New York) will speak about the health of older people with learning disabilities and the supports offered to their ageing family carers internationally.

Dr Taggart and his team will provide the results of their research project currently being undertaken across Northern Ireland about how people with learning disabilities transition into older age.

Positive Futures will also speak about the evaluation of their Better Futures Project: a Big Lottery funded project that has developed support options for older family carers of people with learning disabilities in the South Eastern HSC Trust area.

Workshops will be held in the afternoon to create a forum for debate and discussion around current issues facing this population, their family carers, housing/day/lesiure opportunity providers and policy makers. This interactive session will focus on reaching a consensus across all stakeholders as to what is considered to be the ‘way forward’ in terms of appropriate service models for people with learning disabilities and their family carers as they transition into older age.

Who should attend?

The workshop attendees will include policymakers; commissioners of services; and service providers who plan and deliver services to people with learning disabilities across the statutory, independent and voluntary sectors.


The workshops are taking place across N Ireland to facilitate access by a range of key stakeholders and ensure that regional variations in service provision are at the forefront of future planning. Workshops will be hosted at 9.30am-3.30pm on:

  • Monday, 15 February 2016 - Seagoe Hotel, Portadown
  • Tuesday, 16 February 2016 - Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick
  • Wednesday, 17 February 2016 - City Hotel, Derry-Londonderry


There is no cost to participants as the conference is being funded by the HSC Research & Development Office and The Big Lottery Fund.

To register your interest and confirm your preference of workshop please contact Dr Lisa Hanna-Trainor as soon as possible:

Dr Lisa Hanna-Trainor
Tel: 028 9036 6645

For more information: Dr Lisa Hanna-Trainor 028 9036 6645