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.

Social Care

Social care


By the very nature of having a learning disability this tends to place the person in a vulnerable position and the concept of social care focuses on reducing this vulnerability to an absolute minimum. It is not surprising that a central tenet of the Department of Health (2009) document Valuing People Now is that people with a learning disability have the same rights to services as anyone else in our society. At the time of writing this chapter an announcement on Radio 4 (BBC Radio 4, 2009) claims that people with a learning disability have been neglected in the National Health Service. They report two cases: one of a person who fractured his leg and did not receive any analgesic cover for three ...

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