Exploring Experiences of Advocacy by People with Learning Disabilities: Testimonies of Resistance

Exploring Experiences of Advocacy by People with Learning Disabilities: Testimonies of Resistance

Exploring Experiences of Advocacy by People with Learning Disabilities: Testimonies of Resistance

Exploring Experiences of Advocacy by People with Learning Disabilities: Testimonies of Resistance

Synopsis

'This book provides a fascinating vignette of the personal experiences of People with Learning Disabilities for the better (or worse) part of the last century.What makes the book so interesting is actually meeting some of those involved and seeing their stories in print. It flags up what has been achieved so far, and what still needs to be done.'- Oral History'The editors of this book, written by a range of authors form the UK and overseas, set out to provide the reader with an understanding of the ways in which people with learning disabilities direct their lives through advocacy. Its strength lies in the way in which it puts to the forefront the voices of those who have been, and still might be, excluded from society if it were not for the different forms of resistance they have engaged in.'- Professional Social Work'The accounts are all of acts of resistance and survival, many of them told by the people themselves. This creates another fascinating book which contributes greatly to an appreciation of the role of people with learning difficulties themselves in the historical struggle for better treatment in society.'- Community Living 'This book explains how people with learning disabilities have become increasingly able to direct their own lives as fully active members of their communities. It also explains what self-advocacy means for these people and it shows how opportunities and services have changed for them in 10 years.'- Europe for Us!'Heartbreaking, touching and at times inspirational, this book introduces us to the people who have been oppressed, the system that oppressed them and the individuals who stood up to them. Read this if you are involved in supporting people and you will find yourself addressing your practice and attitudes and ultimately, improving the quality of care you deliver.'- Community Care'The accounts are all of acts of resistance and survival, many of them told by the people themselves. This creates another fascinating book which contributes greatly to an appreciation of the role of people with learning difficulties themselves in the historical struggle for better treatment in society.' - Community Living Exploring Experiences of Advocacy by People with Learning Disabilities charts the course through which people with learning disabilities have become increasingly able to direct their own lives as fully active members of their communities.Accounts from the UK, Australia, Canada and Iceland consider both the individual pioneers of self advocacy and local and national groups that have been set up to work actively towards improved services for people with learning disabilities. The book also examines what self-advocacy means for these people and provides an overview of how opportunities and services have changed for them over the decades.Many of the personal accounts, photographs and songs included in this book will be accessible and encouraging to people with learning disabilities, and they will provide inspiring reading for professionals who work with them, family members and community and government service providers.

Excerpt

Duncan Mitchell

This book explores ways in which people with learning difficulties have spoken for themselves and resisted oppression. By adopting an approach that combines the accounts of people with learning disabilities, workers in learning disability services and academics, the editors hope to promote debate about the way in which different stakeholders in services relate to each other. Most of the chapters are drawn from experiences in the uk but accounts from Australia, Canada, Iceland and the usa broaden the book’s perspective, giving it an international flavour.

‘Testimonies of resistance’ forms the theme of the book. This is partly due to the nature of the stories, which give examples of struggle against prevailing ideas and practices. It is also a clear attempt to highlight the work necessary if people with learning disabilities are to continue to develop ways of directing their own lives and playing a full part in their communities. the editors also wanted to encourage the contributors to consider the positive part they have played in changing services. They present to the reader an active and assertive group of people that counters the passive image of people with learning disabilities that is so often portrayed.

As a series of personal accounts combined with some academic reflection on the subject of learning disabilities, the book adds to the literature of life history, biography and experience of learning difficulty. in it, a period of contemporary history is charted in which people with learning difficulties have increasingly begun to speak for themselves. the contribution of families, carers and professionals in supporting change is also recognized, as is the fact that, while many oppressed groups have spoken for themselves for many years and hence been able . . .

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