The Northern Ireland Assembly’s All Party Group (APG) on Learning Disability is a cross-party group of Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly. Its aim is to promote better understanding of the issues faced by people with a learning disability and their families.
The group works to influence policy, legislation and service developments to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and their families.
How the All Party Group works
The group meet four times a year at Parliament buildings, Stormont in Belfast. Each meeting is normally held on a Tuesday and is open to the public. Meetings are themed with recent discussions focusing on:
- The Bamford Review
- Special educational needs
- Short breaks
- Welfare reform
- Older carers
- Early intervention
Supporting the work of the APG on Learning Disability
Secretariat for the All Party Group on Learning Disability is provided by Mencap's campaigns officer, Jenny Ruddy. If you have information on issues that you would like highlighted through the APG you can contact Jenny at firstname.lastname@example.org or 028 9069 0152.
A planning committee has been set up to help organise and facilitate the APG meetings and currently consists of representatives from organisations working with people with a learning disability. It includes Mencap, ARC, Positive Futures, Prospects, Triangle Housing Association and the Patient and Client Council.
Membership of APG on Learning Disability
Membership of the APG is open to all MLAs who have an interest in learning disability. Find out about the APG’s officers and members.
The next meeting of the All Party Group on Learning Disability will now take place on Tuesday 21 January 2014 at 10.30 am in Committee Room 30, Parliament Buildings, Stormont. The meeting will focus on children and young people with a learning disability who are excluded from school.
All Party Group Meeting - July
The All Party Group on Learning Disability met on 2 July to consider the the importance of more choice, better support and earlier identification of needs when planning for the future for family carers and people with a learning disability.
All Party Group Meeting - April
The All Party Group on Learning Disability met on 16 April to consider the issues faced by older people with a learning disability and older carers.
All Party Group Meeting - March
The All Party Group on Learning Disability met on 5 March to consider the difficulties and barriers faced by people with a learning disability when using transport.
All Party Group meeting - November
The All Party Group on Learning Disability met on 27 November and heard from people with a learning disability and family carers about their experiences of the social care system.
All Party Group meeting - April
The All Party Group on Learning Disability held a joint meeting with the All Party Group on Children and Young People on special educational needs and inclusion.
Joint meeting - impact of welfare reform
For the first time, All Party Groups on Learning Disability, Visual Impairments and Disability have held a joint meeting to discuss the impact of Welfare Reform on people with disabilities living in Northern Ireland.
Consultation event on Programme for Government
The All Party Group on Learning Disability, supported by Mencap and other learning disability organisations, held a consultation event for the Programme for Government at Stormont in October 2011.