MyLife Chairman recognised for a lifetime of dedication to improving the lives of those with Additional Needs

Professor Barry Carpenter, Chairman of MyLife Supported Living, has been made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List for his tireless services to Special Education.

"It’s a great honour to receive this recognition," said Prof. Carpenter, who has three children, including an adult daughter with Down’s syndrome.

"I know as a father how much attitudes towards caring for people with learning disabilities have changed hugely in the 30 years I’ve been working in the area, and overwhelmingly for the better.”

“Everybody in the sector works amazingly hard but there’s still a lot to do, particularly as the demographic trends show there will be more and more people with disabilities who need help in the community.”

He also thanked his family for their support and help.

Prof. Carpenter was a Fellow of the University of Oxford and is an Honorary Professor at a number of other universities in the UK, Ireland, Germany, and Australia. He previously received an OBE for his work in a career spanning more than 30 years which includes being a Director of the Centre for Special Education at Westminster College, Oxford and Director of the Children with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project, a role he was appointed to by the Secretary of State for Education. He has also authored over 150 academic articles, ten books, and lectures around the world on a range of learning disability related topics, focused on supporting people with complex needs develop full and rich lives in their community.

His work includes pioneering a ‘Six Pillars’ therapeutic approach for caring for people with learning difficulties consisting of providing “pillars” of transformation, quality housing, personalised care, wellbeing, evidence-based practice, and engaged living to service users.

Mark Goodman, CEO of MyLife, said: "Thoroughly deserved. Barry’s unbridled passion for enriching the lives of those with complex needs is embedded within the ethos of MyLife and serves as an inspiration to us all.”

MyLife is a revolutionary, person centric care provider which is setting new standards in specialist care by investing in facilities and support that goes above and beyond anything that already exists, empowering those in their care to lead happy, fulfilling lives, regardless of their condition.

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