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Conference 2023

SHLD Conference 2023

Community: Now and in the Past

11th and 12th July 2023

The Open University, Milton Keynes

We are delighted to announce that the next Social History of Learning Disability Conference will be held at The Open University in Milton Keynes on the 11th and 12th July 2023.

The theme of the conference is ‘Community: Now and In the Past’.  

This is an inclusive conference with accessible presentations to which people with learning disabilities and families are very warmly welcomed.

Professional development:

Presenting the latest learning and research from self and family advocates, alongside academics and practitioners - in the UK and internationally - the conference will enable delegates to explore the topic of community. Attendance at the conference will be certificated to count towards your CPD record.

Details of the programme and how to register for the conference can be found on the links below. Please register by Friday 23rd June 2023.

SHLD Conference 2023 registration

SHLD Programme Day 1

SHLD Programme Day 2

We are able to offer a limited number of free places for self-advocates and family carers. If you would like to apply for a free place, please email by Friday 26th May 2023. You do not need to register before applying for a free place.

If you have any queries, please send an email to:

We look forward to hearing from you.

With best wishes,

Liz Tilley, Ian Davies, and Craig Hart, on behalf of The Social History of Learning Disability Research Group

Contact us

About the Group

If you woud like to get in touch with the Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) Research Group, please contact:

Liz Tilley 
Chair of the Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) Research Group
School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes

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