This is a handy guide to the topics you need to know about whether studying or working in the field of learning disabilities. The A-Z format allows you to “dip in” and quickly find relevant information on topics ranging from Autism to Rights and from Advocacy to Challenging Behaviors.




Communication means to transmit information, ideas or feelings. This transmission may be achieved verbally, non-verbally, visually, and in the written form, and each one of these transmissions may be used singularly or collaboratively. There are seven common purposes for communicating – to interact, to inform, to find out, to influence, to regulate, to entertain, and to record.

Key Points

  • Understanding communication is important.
  • Communication is everything and central to life.
  • People have a right to communicate.
  • There is a need to empower people to communicate.
  • Listening and responding to what is communicated is a major part of the process.


If we all have the ability to communicate, in one way or another, then the existence of communication has been with us as long as human kind itself. Aristotle first addressed the ...

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