hi mags welcome we are pretty new too
quick answer for those who didn't attend the first conference is to read the report here
basically there were 2 meetings in penrith which basically outlined a way in which parent/professional partnerships within a county could bring about change for families and "special kids". this might not necessarily be swift enough for our kids but could almost certainly affect future years delivery of service within a county.
if you read and use the links on the left - re durham especially -- which was the first county to have achieved things up here - and fairly quickly - you will get an idea.
here is durham's first reporthttp://www.budpak.co.uk/wsb3520757701/resources/Making_Changes_Together_Conference_Report_May_08.pdf
where is the cumbria first conference report anybody?
7.15 pm edit --ok got it -- link on the left - u need to read this mags
there are local groups which you are free to attend -- the dates are on the events with details in the boards --and the agenda is still being put together - hence this site -- to allow for discussion
o and big thing there is actual funding and placement of professionals in these local groups who contain members who report and act in a steering group to affect possible change at county/decision level..
i certainly am still learning about what is possible but the best thing for now i would suggest is to read the durham conference report - check out there site - look at their first conference report then have a look at the this thread http://www.soul-trade.com/change/index.php?topic=4.0
first meeting - topics and ideas --- agenda?
i am sure others can add to this and that will help us all to understand what is and what isn't possible
there are things that can be achieved to help our children now -- but it is best to think that we can ,by our experience, influence benficial change in future policy changes......
over to someone else