Learning Disability Champion, Daniel Docherty is to receive an honorary degree

20th July 2016 |

Congratulations Daniel!

Daniel Docherty, a respected Oldham champion for people with learning disabilities will receive an honorary degree - Doctor of Letters from Salford University on Thursday, 21 July. Daniel, wo has a learning disability himself, has dedicated his life to making a positive difference to the lives of  people with a learning disability, ensuring that they have a voice and that they are heard.


Daniel's Story

A fostered child, Daniel Docherty has experienced the power of self-advocacy for himself and has been committed to enabling this in other adults with learning disabilities. He is an ‘expert by experience’ sharing his knowledge with others in order to enhance the lives of people with learning disabilities.  A founder member of Manchester People First, he is currently a board member of Pathways Associates and contributed to the University’s learning disability nursing and social work programme. Daniel is the leader of SPICE who are a group of people with learning disabilities supported by Future Directions CIC who interview and teach student nurses, social workers, police and clinical staff in hospitals and in the work place. Daniel continues to work hard with SPICE and has currently secured a place for his support on Lloyds SSE programme which has secured money to promote the work he does. Daniel also works with CHANGE who work hard to raise standards and make a difference for people with learning disabilities. Daniel is a regular speaker at national and international conferences on self-advocacy, the experience of people with learning disabilities in institutions and sexuality and learning disabilities.

The SPICE Group has recently won The Making a Difference Award at The National Learning Disability Awards. Click here to read the full story.


Words of Congratulations

Professor Tony Warne, University of Salford, said: “We are proud of Daniel and his achievements. He brings quality to our education and ensures that difference is embraced and used to challenge and change views. By recognising Daniel’s work with those with learning disabilities the University will lead the way in acknowledging the contribution and vital role that people with learning disabilities can play in the shaping of services that support them.”

Suzanne Ryan, Learning Disability Nurse and friend of Daniel’s from Future Directions CIC said: “I am proud and privileged to have known Daniel for several years. I am so pleased he is getting the honouree degree. Daniel has always gone over and above, making a difference for people with learning disabilities and he truly deserves this recognition for sharing his expertise as an ‘Expert by Experience’. I know whole heartedly that Daniel will continue to raise standards and address inequalities for individuals with learning disabilities”.

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