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CeDR Seminar: Laughing Boy versus the Zombie Institution: Closing the new institutions for people with learning disabilities

Date: 7 May 2014 Time: 13.00-14.00 pm

Venue: FASS Meeting Room 3

A CeDR Seminar by Professor Chris Hatton.

Day 49 of #107 days of Action.

Connor Sparrowhawk was a fit and healthy young man, who loved buses, London, Eddie Stobart and speaking his mind. Known as LB online, short for Laughing Boy, he also happened to have autism and epilepsy.

On 19th March 2013, he was admitted to Slade House Assessment and Treatment Unit run by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. Tragically after #107days in the unit, he drowned in the bath on 4th July 2013. An entirely preventable death. Twelve months later #107days seeks to inspire, collate and share positive actions being taken to support #JusticeforLB and all the young dudes. It seeks to harness the energy, support and outrage that has emerged in response to LB's death and ensure that lasting changes and improvements are made.

This seminar is the Centre for Disability Research's contribution to this campaign in honour of Connor and in support of his mum Sara Ryan our Disability Studies colleague.


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Hannah Morgan

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Disability Research CeDR, Division of Health Research, Sociology


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