Explore some of the issues facing people who have a learning disability, through our collection of engaging user-led films.

Speaking Up, Speaking Out, Speaking Easy

Funded by the Heritage Lottery, this film tells the history of self-advocacy in Oxfordshire. People with learning disabilities tell their stories about what life was like for them 40 years ago. Many talk of how they were bullied, ignored and excluded. Life has improved for many but there are still challenges ahead.

The film also features local MPs Andrew Smith and Nicola Blackwood with a cameo performance from the founder of My Life My Choice Michael “The Godfather” Edwards. Oxford Digital Media provided invaluable technical support for the project.

“I Am Not A Scrounger”

Recent national media and politician’s rhetoric labeling benefit recipients as scroungers has started to erode some of the important gains made by the disability movement over the past 20 years. In this film people with learning disabilities challenge some of the myths surrounding the current benefits debate and ask the viewer to join in a positive conversation.

Thanks to Comic Relief, Oxfordshire County Council, OXFAM, The Co-op, and Oxford City Council for funding our ‘speaking up’ work.

The Tale of Laughing Boy

On 4th July 2013 Connor Sparrowhawk (AKA Laughing Boy), an 18 year old man with learning disabilities died of preventable causes whilst under the care of Southern Health at Slade House in Oxford. The Trust initially attributed his death to natural causes, but a damning independent investigation demanded by Connor’s family concluded his death could have been prevented.

As part of Connor’s family’s national campaign “Justice for LB (Laughing Boy)” young people with learning disabilities worked in partnership with Connor’s family to produce a short film of Connor’s life incorporating the views of his family and the views of young people about his death and their recommendations for positive change.

This film could not have been made without the incredible and generous contribtution of Oxford Digital Media who gave of their time and expertise freely. We would also like to thank Comic Relief and Oxford City Council for their financial contribution to this project.