We’re thrilled that Berge Kanikanian – a health trainer for Certitude’s Treat Me Right! project – has been named a finalist in Dimensions’ Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2019.
Launched in 2018, the Leaders’ List is the UK’s first national list celebrating achievements of people with learning disabilities and/or autism. Last year, Treat Me Right! trainers John Keaveny and James Morris were named as Leader’s in a list published in the Guardian.
Berge is an independent campaigner who spreads his influence far and wide across his various passions and tirelessly works to make sure that his voice, and the voice of his peers, is heard.
Berge has Downs Syndrome and he is passionate about using his experience to raise awareness of learning disabilities. He works with Certitude on the Treat Me Right! project to make sure that people with learning disabilities and/or autism get the best out of services, particularly healthcare.
With Treat Me Right, Berge has delivered over 100 training sessions on learning disability awareness to nurses, doctors, surgeons and more across London. He was invited to the House of Commons to give feedback about healthcare, and Treat Me Right! was cited in as best practice in parliament by MP Tulip Siddiq.
Berge’s film about Akiton T4 – highlighting the story of people with learning disabilities that were killed under the regime of the Nazi party – was shown to MP’s and is shown at schools and community groups around the country. He regularly attends Holocaust memorial events, helping to shine a light on an important yet little-known piece of history.
Well done to Berge! The final list will be announced in December so we’re keeping our fingers crossed!