Learning Disability Pride – we are proud of who we are!

People with learning disabilities have been kept out of community life in the past. Not any more. We are going to ordinary schools with our brothers and sisters, we live in our own homes, have jobs and do a lot for our communities.

There is still a lot to be done to make life better for some of us, but we want to celebrate all we have achieved.

What is LDPride?

Learning Disability Pride is a week of celebrations across Britain. We want people with learning disabilities, their friends, families and supporters to have marches, walks, parties and events all across the country from 15th to 21st June 2019.

Learning Disability Pride  |  15–21 June 2019

Learning Disability Pride is led by Gary Bourlet, a leader in the People First movement and  Founder of Learning Disability England.

Gary sitting by the sea photographed by The Guardian.
Gary sitting by the sea photographed by The Guardian.

Get involved

Nobody owns Learning Disability Pride so it’s yours to do what you want with. You can get involved in Learning Disability Pride in lots of ways. You can:


Host an event in your community


Go to an event


Learning Disability Pride clothing like t-shirts, hoodies and caps will be available soon. You will be able to wear them with pride!


Support Learning Disability Pride on social media and use the hashtag #LDPride


And please let us know – share what you do on social media

Ideas for joining in

Use the logo

Use this logo when you tell local people about Learning Disability Pride

LDpride logo

Let us know

FacebookIf you are hosting an event, please tell us on our Learning Disability Pride Facebook page so we can share the pride with everyone.

How you can celebrate Learning Disability Pride.

We want people to make Learning Disability Pride their own so that means that you can do what you want.

Three rules…

There are only three rules about having a Learning Disability Pride event:


1. You must not do anything illegal


2. We want you to make your event inclusive so that we give a clear message that people with learning disabilities are part of their communities.


3. If you are hosting an event, please tell us on our Learning Disability Pride Facebook page so we can share the pride with everyone.

MARCH

You can organise a big march where you hold placards, play music and shout about your pride.

Photo by Chance Agrella. Website: http://chance.photos
Photo by Chance Agrella. Website: http://chance.photos

If you march you must tell the police at least 6 days before you march. Get more information here www.gov.uk/protests-and-marches-letting-the-police-know

WALK

Do a group walk. Invite people you do and don’t know to come.

Photo by Luke Porter on Unsplash
Photo by Luke Porter on Unsplash

Tell people you meet on your walk what Learning Disability Pride is about.

PARTY

Hold a party and invite people from your community.

Photo by Gades Photography on Unsplash
Photo by Gades Photography on Unsplash

You could hold it in a community venue, have music and food and just have a good time.

EVENT

You could hold an event where you have people with learning disabilities speaking about their lives.

Illustration by Jack Moreh from https://freerangestock.com
Illustration by Jack Moreh from https://freerangestock.com

You could ask your town hall, leisure centre or library to host the event and invite anyone from your community who wants to come.

MAKE A SPLASH ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Tell everyone what you are doing on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Illustration by Jack Moreh
Illustration by Jack Moreh from https://freerangestock.com

Ask celebrities and other people with lots of followers to support you. USE THE HASHTAG #LDPride

PICNIC

Hold a picnic in your local park.

Photo of a Picnic by Rob Bye on Unsplash

Bring some food and extra to share with others. Invite local people to come and have a drink and eat with you.

BUY MERCHANDISE

We are designing some t-shirts, sweatshirts, badges and other items for Learning Disability Pride.

20% will go to a chosen charity. We will advertise the shirts on Facebook and Twitter as soon as they are available…

CRAFTIVISM

Craftivism is where you can get your message across using craft.

Justice for LB campaign http://justiceforlb.org/

Some people decorate public spaces like bridges and benches with things that tell their story, some people make things and leave them all over their community to make people think.

Find out more about craftivism here.

TELL US WHAT YOU ARE DOING

Keep us updated on what you are doing through our Learning Disability Pride Facebook page so we can share.

FacebookWe want to see your flyers, photos, ideas and everything you do at your event so please share with us by tagging us or posting on our page.

Northern Ireland

For people living in Northern Ireland there is a separate Learning Disability Pride event http://learningdisabilitypride.org/