All about us
We were set up in 1990 by a group of people with learning difficulties who wanted more than just to be stuck in a day centre. We started so that people with learning difficulties could have a voice. We helped them to understand their rights and to make people understand we were not a disabilty - we are people first.
There are lots of groups that use the name people first. We all do similar things but we are independent from each other. We help people who live around Northamptonshire.
We do lots of work to make sure people's voices are heard. We do our own research, we go on campaigns, we help people on a one-to-one basis, we speak up at meetings, we do training and we get involved with organisations to make sure the things that they do are good for people with learning difficulties.
Our Aims and Objectives
To help people with learning difficulties and/or autism speak up for themselves, with help and support if needed.
To work towards doing away with labels which affect our lives in a bad way.
To make sure that all people with learning difficulties and/or autism are respected for who they are and for what they say.
To make sure that people with learning difficulties and/or autism:
- know about their rights
- can get their rights
- have the same rights as everybody else
To tell people and groups in Northamptonshire and in other places about the needs and concerns of people with learning difficulties and/or autism.
To make sure that people with learning difficulties and/or autism are involved, at all stages, in the planning and development of the services they receive.
To encourage and support the growth of People First and Speaking Up for Yourself groups.