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I am Lisa Selby. I have a learning disability.

Years ago before Poole Forum existed, life for people with learning disabilities could be boring and rubbish. We were not given the opportunity to speak up and make decisions about what we wanted to do. We had no confidence or control over our lives.

Poole Forum is a Self Advocacy organisation run by and for people with learning disabilities. They aim to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities in Poole by helping them to have their voices heard in their communities. Now I am a Trustee, Quality Checker, Co-Chair, Learning Disability Awareness trainer and I am on the Safe Places team for Poole Forum. I love to speak up and help make a difference in people’s lives. People with learning disabilities need to have their voices heard. We have the right to make choices and decisions about our lives, money and activities, the same as everyone else.

Poole Forum helps us to develop skills in Self Advocacy so that we can share our life experiences to make things better. I speak up for people with learning disabilities in Poole at meetings where services and organisations make decisions that affect the lives of people with learning disabilities. I am a Learning Disability Awareness trainer and I tell services and organisations how to help support people with learning disabilities in the future.

It’s all about making things better for people with learning disabilities. It’s all about being equal.
Poole Forum also makes easy read information and we check services are doing a good job of supporting people with learning disabilities with their Quality Checking Service.

I am very proud to be a member of Poole Forum.

by Lisa Selby.

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