Maureen Piggot explores ways in which people with learning disabilities use computers and IT to learn, express ideas and to become more included.
Maureen Piggot is the Director of Mencap in Northern Ireland. In this role she is responsible for leading the organisation's campaigning, advocacy and range of services to children and adults with a learning disability and their families and for supporting a network of local groups. In November 2008 Maureen was awarded an OBE for services to people with a learning disability. Maureen's interests include international development and the use of assistive technology. Maureen is Mencap's representative within, and the current Vice-President of, Inclusion Europe, an organisation that campaigns for the rights and interests of people with intellectual disabilities and their families throughout Europe.
Maureen was speaking at the first TEDxBelfast along with speakers from Northern Ireland - including some coming home especially for the event - we heard about, and discussed, innovation and creativity in, architecture, communications technology, social media, the workplace and creative arts.
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