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.




In attempting to define consent several sources are drawn upon to provide as clear a description as possible. Consent can be defined as the process by which a fully informed person can participate in choices about their lives (Pedroni and Pimple, 2001; Goldsmith et al., 2008; Washington edu, 2009). The first point to note in this definition is that there is usually a relationship between the person granting the consent and others who will provide the information to acquire that consent. Within this relationship a number of key points can be elucidated.

Key Points

  • Levels of pre-existing knowledge of the issues need to be established prior to consent being given.
  • The amount of information to be given needs consideration.
  • The capacity of the person granting the consent must ...
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