Learning Disability Partnership Boards (LDPBs) were established throughout England in 2001. This study aims to explore how people with learning disabilities have been involved on LDPBs and the opportunities given for them to take part in civic activities.
The author conducted systematic observations in five different LDPBs operating in South East England and, using purposive sampling, interviewed 55 members of these boards.
Representatives who had learning disabilities were able to contribute in four different ways. These were as a co‐chair of the main meetings; member responsible for a specific activity or role; contributor to meetings and discussions; and as a presenter.
The study illustrates that, although people with learning disabilities are involved in the work of LDPBs, their opportunities to influence outcomes are not fully recognised by others. Normal meeting conventions can prove difficult. Alternative arrangements can enable people with learning disabilities to contribute more to meetings and have more influence on outcomes.
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