Our work with people with learning disabilities and autistic people focuses on two main areas: social justice and health inequalities. Each area is underpinned by our Ordinary Life approach. We not only believe but also know from our evidence base that with the right support and resources, people with learning disabilities and autistic people can live what we call an ‘ordinary life’ in their own homes, with relationships of their choosing, being known and valued in their communities and being in control of their own choices. All of our work strives to this end.
What we do
Working in coproduction with people with learning disabilities and autistic people, we deliver a range of projects and areas of work, which include strategic pieces of work such as the People’s Parliament, individual work planning and advocating for people leaving locked hospitals, digital projects which ensure people have access to digital technology which can be crucial to community connections.
What we don’t do
We are not a service provider. We bring people together to work on specific pieces of work and to achieve specific outcomes. Some people work with us for just one project, others work with us over a series of projects, and some individuals who show particular skills in certain areas may be approached by Changing Our Lives to become Associates. We don’t hold regular groups or social events.