About the History of Learning Disabilities since World War 2, 1950-2017

By Jan Walmsley


This document tells the history of learning disabilities since the Second World War ended. This has been a time of big changes in learning disability policy and ideas, and, to a lesser extent, in the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families.

It is divided into five sections:

  1. The Road to Citizenship
  2. Changing Ideas about Community
  3. Specialist services or inclusion?
  4. Who gets a Service?
  5. Family Carers

It was written in 2017 for the Inclusive Archive of Learning Disability History.

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