Praise for first speech

    A social worker praised the positive effect the conference had
    on her client.

    Richard Hamilton, from Liverpool, had never spoken in public.
    But the 19-year-old decided to join the people with learning
    difficulties who took to the conference stage to have their say. He
    told the 150-strong audience: “We should have more conferences
    together. I say thank you to People First people.”

    His social worker said later: “That is the first time in his
    life that he has spoken in public. He is very shy and lacks a lot
    of confidence. Richard likes to spend all his time with staff, but
    during the conference he has spent it with other people with
    learning difficulties.

    “He seems like a different person. He just seems to be much more

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