A Question Time style panel event for up to 70 people with learning disabilities, their support workers and families will take place at The Village Hotel in Swansea on Thursday 28th January from 6pm – 8pm.
The ‘Ask Your Question’ event, organised by Dimensions in partnership with Learning Disability Wales, gives adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to have their say on issues affecting them, and pose their questions to a panel of leading local politicians and campaigners. Ask Your Question gives them a way to raise awareness amongst politicians of the issues that affect the learning disability community and the importance of their vote ahead of the Welsh Assembly elections in May.
Father of two Phil Harding attended Ask Your Question in Cardiff in 2015. He said, “My boys are unable to speak and articulate their thoughts and concerns so I tried to ask questions that I thought they might ask. This event was a great opportunity for people with learning disabilities and their families to engage with decision makers and influential people and to talk about issues that concern them.”
Ask Your Question is an accessible event, where adaptations have been made to ensure that audience members feel comfortable and confident. These adaptations include graphic facilitation and timekeeping, and prepared questions from the audience.
The Swansea panel includes:
- Rosie Moriarty-Simmonds OBE, Disability Rights Campaigner and proprietor or Disability Issues Consultancy.
- Joe Powell, National Director of All Wales People First
- Peter Black, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West.
- Sian James, Ex Welsh Labour MP for Swansea East
Joe Powell says “I am delighted to be invited onto the panel of ‘Ask Your Question’ in Swansea. In these times of uncertainty for people with learning disabilities, it is vital they get involved in politics and make sure their voices are heard. The last event was hugely popular, provoked important debate and most importantly, encouraged people with learning disabilities to get involved in politics. I would urge anyone with a learning disability to take part. Let’s get switched onto politics.”
Rosie Moriarty-Simmonds says “The Ask your Question sessions are both empowering and enlightening for all involved, and give an opportunity for people with learning difficulties to ask questions and put forward their point of view in a secure and open environment.”
Find out more about Dimensions at www.dimensions-uk.org