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.

Life Story

Life story


Remembering the past, telling one's life story and putting it into historical context is a form of self-expression and can bring structure to people's lives. Life stories focus on people's interpretations of their lives and the world around them. Life stories give insight into people's various and complex experiences and reveal important information about social values and practices. Furthermore, they can, for example, be used in research, for educational purposes and to encourage more user sensitive practices.

Key Points

  • Life stories demonstrate people's self-definitions, values, likes and dislikes.
  • Life stories give valuable information about history, policy and practice.
  • Life stories are valuable for encouraging user sensitive practices.
  • Life stories of people with learning disabilities are often forgotten or silenced.


The social world is a storied world and constructed ...

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