Katherine Runswick-Cole (MMU), a member of the research team, met with People First, Dunedin, Australia. People First New Zealand was set up in the 1980s and has a long history of promoting self-advocacy. You can find out more about the organisation here: http://www.peoplefirst.org.nz/who-what-where/who-is-people-first/
The meeting was an opportunity for Katherine to share research findings from the project and to talk to members about the state of play for self-advocacy in the UK. She also learned about the opportunities and challenges facing self-advocates in New Zealand. Discussion ranged from talking about opportunities for open employment, to the role of self-advocacy and the opportunities for community participation in New Zealand and the UK.
Katherine also spoke about political activism in the UK and the on-going #JusticeforLB campaign (justiceforLB.wordpress.com).