Witnesses to change: families, learning difficulties and history

Rolph, Sheena, Atkinson, Dorothy, Nind, Melanie and Welshman, John (eds.) (2005) Witnesses to change: families, learning difficulties and history, Kidderminster, GB, British Institute of Learning Disabilities, 335pp.


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This book is about the history of learning disability from a family perspective. The stories show how learning disabilities impacted on family life and relationships in the twentieth century, how challenges were approached and how families acted as advocates. Great strides have been made in the past decade in unovering the history of learning disability using oral sources. The foucs has been on recovering the voice of people with a learning disability in order to correct a tendency towards 'official' sources. However, in this movement families, have, until now, not been seen as key contributors. This book seeks to alter that. Witnesses to Change illustrates diversity and variety in family life, aiming to be inclusive and to challenge stereotypes. It highlights past mistakes as well as successes in managing learning disabilitiy services. And above all, it celebrates the lives of families who have contributed their stories.

Item Type: Book
ISBNs: 1904082750 (paperback)
9781904082750 (paperback)
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Keywords: learning difficulties, oral history, families
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education
ePrint ID: 17491
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
28 September 2005Published
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2005
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:33
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/17491

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