Supporting people with learning disabilities to have a voice
Our vision is a world where people with learning disabilities have the same rights, choice and control over their lives as everyone else.
Speak Out has been an independent advocacy charity in Brighton and Hove since 1994. We make sure that people with learning disabilities can speak up and take action about the things that matter to them.
What is a learning disability?
Learning disability is a term that refers to individuals who find it hard to:
- undertake everyday tasks
A learning disability is a lifelong condition. Many people with a learning disability will need support to live as independently as possible.
Learning disability doesn't include specific learning difficulties like dyspraxia or dyslexia. It doesn't include autism either, although lots of people with autism also have a learning disability.
50 Years of Speaking Up
A film about the history of self-advocacy
It has been 50 Years since the first recorded self-advocacy meeting for people with learning disabilities. We have made a short film to celebrate this important history.
Our Project ‘Covid Stories from the Learning Disability Community’ has collected the stories of 25 people with learning disabilities during the Covid-19 pandemic and the recovery phase. We are now moving on from the pandemic, but we think it’s important to share what life has been like for many people with learning disabilities.
Speak Out with Danielle is a mini video interview series that has been filmed and edited by Danielle Garratt from Speak Out.
Danielle has put this together to help us all through these difficult times by looking at how people are coping during Covid-19.
News and Events
Thumbs Up Scheme
The Thumbs Up scheme aims to improve customer service for people with learning disabilities in Brighton and Hove.
By joining, you could help make a difference to nearly 5000 people with learning disabilities in our city. Join the Thumbs Up Scheme today!
To find out more, contact Liz Holmes: [email protected]
Find out about becoming a Volunteer Advocate with Speak Out.
Volunteer Advocates help people with learning disabilities to express their views, be informed, uphold their rights, make choices, resolve problems and be active citizens in the community.