Inclusion can be described as society's gold standard on how people with learning disabilities should feel in the community where they live, and social inclusion is the guiding light which all those who work with people with learning disabilities ought to follow. If we think for a moment of a life where we may be excluded, it represents a depressing and meaningless existence. By contrast, living a life where we are included, wanted, and valued can give us the confidence to face each day with purpose and meaning. Defining what inclusion means for people with learning disabilities can be most adequately articulated by considering the effects of exclusion. The following factors defining social exclusion have been identified by Room (2001) and discussed ...