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Independent Living Training Center for Norfolk Opening

Author: Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People

Published: 2010-07-22

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The Independent Living Training Center has been developed by Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People (NCODP) to address the need to provide training for disabled people and professionals who work in the field.

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July 23rd sees the official opening of the first Independent Living Training Center for Norfolk.

The Independent Living Training Center has been developed by the Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People (NCODP) to address the need to provide high quality training for disabled people and professionals who work in the field, to equip them with the knowledge and skills to achieve personalization.

The Independent Living Training Center is set in 20 acres of parkland at the award winning Manor Farm Barns in the heart of picturesque countryside but still situated close to Norwich.

This provides an ideal venue for meetings, workshops and small conferences with four meeting rooms and break out facilities, NCODP provide the center to hire alongside providing their training programs. With state-of-the-art technology, a contemporary ambiance and inspiring surrounds, the center provides an environment to stimulate, focus and achieve. With its close proximity to the A47, the center is easily accessible from across Norfolk and from the wider surrounding counties.

The official opening will be lead with a ribbon cutting by CEO of Essex Coalition of Disabled People and RADAR Disabled Person of the Year in 2009; Mike Adams. Mike's previous roles include a member of the senior management team at the Disability Rights Commission, Director of the National Disability Team for higher education and a visiting professor in Inclusive Learning at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Amongst the many guests at this gala event will be representatives from Norfolk's Third Sector, Health and Social Care organizations along with Norfolk County Council, all celebrating this unique approach and opportunity for Norfolk's disability community.

Norfolk has been in the forefront of the national drive towards providing services at the personal level with the individual at the forefront of all decision making. This has been led by a strong partnership between the Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People and Norfolk County Council along with NHS Norfolk and Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, driving forward personalization within the county.

Personalization means thinking about care and support services in an entirely different way. This means starting with the person as an individual with strengths, preferences and aspirations and putting them at the center of the process of identifying their needs and making choices about how and when they are supported to live their lives.

Media organizations are welcome to attend for interviews or to cover this event. Photographs will be made available following the event for media organizations to use.

Further details regarding the Independent Living Training Center, its facilities, directions and booking opportunities can be viewed at

The Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People (NCODP) is a human-rights group controlled by disabled people and their organizations. They organize and take part in campaigns and run services that promote social equality and dignity for all disabled people.

The NCODP regards having an impairment as a normal part of being human. Disability results from people with impairments being excluded by physical and social barriers and negative attitudes. Their main task is to challenge the many forms of discrimination created by these barriers and attitudes.

The NCODP believes that disabled people must take the leading role in decisions that affect their lives both locally and as part of the national and international disability movements in which the NCODP plays an active part. There must be "Nothing about us without us."

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