Concepts of access for people with learning difficulties: towards a shared understanding


Nind, Melanie and Seale, Jane (2009) Concepts of access for people with learning difficulties: towards a shared understanding. Disability & Society, 24, (3), 273-287. (doi:10.1080/09687590902789446).

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This article explores both the process and outcomes of a seminar series on the concept of access for people with learning difficulties. The seminar topics chosen to foster dialogue across professional and disciplinary boundaries included access to information, education, employment, the law, health, leisure, community, past histories and future plans. The seminars brought together people with learning difficulties and their support workers, researchers and professionals, to examine the expert knowledge of people with learning difficulties in negotiating access, the role of practitioners in mediating access and the contribution of research to understanding access. The aim was to develop a rich, shared understanding of the concept of access for people with learning difficulties. However, a huge amount of 'access work' had to be done to achieve this. The article discusses that access work and proposes a multi-dimensional model of access and ways of promoting it.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0968-7599 (print)
1360-0508 (electronic)
Keywords: learning difficulties, access, participation, inclusion, barriers
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Social Justice and Inclusive Education
ePrint ID: 65059
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2009
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2014 15:42
Projects:
Concepts of Access for People with Learning Disabilities: Towards a Shared Understanding
Funded by: ESRC (RES-451-25-4145)
22 November 2005 to 11 November 2007
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/65059

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