Out Spoken project
The project involves autistic people and people with a learning disability who are also LGBTQI+, to improve access to services and inclusion in the community.
LGBTQI+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex.
What is the project?
Building on the success of the pilot project we will carry on raising awareness of the barriers that make life harder for LGBTQI+ autistic people and those who have a learning disability. People who have experienced this will guide the project, helping us to create and deliver training and accessible resources.
The project will offer opportunities for support and socialising together through peer support activities. This will increase people’s confidence so helping to strengthen their voices. We have already learnt that his will lead to people getting better services for themselves.
Professionals, LGBTQI+ people and the wider community will also understand more about the barriers. This will all help to reduce the discrimination faced by LGBTQI+ autistic people and those who have a learning disability
What does the project do?
The project will do this by offering:
- Free self-advocacy courses for LGBTQ+ people (who have a learning disability and/or autism) to learn more about their rights and to build up their self-confidence.
- Co-created peer support programme to increase connections and confidence amongst LGBTQ+ people who have a learning disability and/or autism.
- Free co-created training for Health and Social Care professionals delivered by people who have lived experience of these barriers and discrimination.
- New accessible resources.
Who is the project for?
LGBTQI+ autistic people and those who have a learning disability can:
- Come to our free self-advocacy sessions
- Get involved in the peer support activities (starting this autumn)
- Join our steering group to help us deliver a great project
Health and Social Care professionals can come to a free course to learn more about how they can provide better services, support people and help us get rid of the barriers.
LGBTQI+ allies, like friends and family can learn more by looking at our website, they can help us spread the word by sharing our social media posts and raising awareness of the barriers and disability discrimination.
Partners and funders
The LGBTQ+ Health Inclusion Project is run jointly by The Advonet Group, CHANGE and Yorkshire MESMAC.
It is funded by a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund.
Contact the LGBTQ+ Inclusion Project
Call the CHANGE office on 0113 242 6619 and ask for Jude