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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.

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Published date: 28 September 2005
Keywords: learning difficulties, oral history, families


Local EPrints ID: 17491
ISBN: 1904082750
PURE UUID: 83ca667c-5921-49f2-b643-a078254b3510
ORCID for Melanie Nind: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 05 Oct 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:38

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Editor: Sheena Rolph
Editor: Dorothy Atkinson
Editor: Melanie Nind ORCID iD
Editor: John Welshman

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