Nind, Melanie and Seale, Jane
Concepts of access for people with learning difficulties: towards a shared understanding
Disability & Society, 24, (3), . (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.
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