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Breaking the Silence - Response to Whorlton Hall

26th July 2023

North East & Cumbria Advocacy Network have produced a response called Breaking the Silence following the publication of the Whorlton Hall Safeguarding Review.

DAD is an active member of the network with the aim to to make sure this abuse and scandal does not happen again.  Although DAD was not the advocacy provider in Whorlton Hall we are working tirelessly to ensure people with learning impairments and autistic people are not subjected to abuse, and will challenge the system and uphold people's rights where people are stuck in hospital with no home to go to.

To read the North East & Cumbria response please click this link

Learning Disability Network Reasonable Adjustment Campaign

06th July 2023

To support this year’s Learning Disability Awareness Week (which was 19 – 25 June), the North East & Cumbria Learning Disability Network has launched their Reasonable Adjustment Campaign.

Set out in the Equality Act 2010, all health and care services have a legal duty to ensure that they adapt and support people with disabilities to be able to access services in a way that they are accessible for everyone else. This includes people with a physical disability, sensory disability, learning disability or a long term condition such as dementia.

By identifying the need and providing reasonable adjustments in a timely and effective manner it can lead to improved outcomes and experiences for patients and health and care staff.

The Reasonable Adjustment Campaign aims are to:

  1. Raise awareness of people’s rights to reasonable adjustments
  2. Raise awareness of the legal obligation of health & care services to provide reasonable adjustments
  3. Support Health & Care services to provide reasonable adjustments
  4. Support Health & Care services to document and share reasonable adjustments

A range of posters and resources have been made available for healthcare, social care and people with a learning disability which can be downloaded at

Launch of a new Darlington Learning Impairment Network in Darlington

16th August 2022

The network will include people with learning impairments and autism, carers and representatives from a range of organisations and agencies.

The first meeting will look at what the current issues are and start to look at what we can do together as a network in the future to improve the lives of people with a learning impairment.

If you would like more information please contact us by or telephoning 01325 489999 and we will send you a meeting pack.


How you can support us

As a local organisation we very much rely on the support of our local community. We support over 2,000 people every year to have greater choice and control and remove the barriers that disabled adults and children experience in their everyday lives. But we need YOUR help.

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