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What’s in a name? Alternatives to “learning disability”

Whitaker, Simon (2006) What’s in a name? Alternatives to “learning disability”. Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 3 (2). pp. 177-191. ISSN 1743-6885

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The term learning disability is currently used in the UK to describe people who require a service due to a low intellectual ability. It is argued that the term is demeaning, confusing and, as currently defined, fails to describe the group of people to whom it is currently applied. It is suggested that a better term for researchers to use would be intellectual disability; however, we should avoid labelling individual services users at all.

Item Type: Article
ContributorRead, Stephen
Uncontrolled Keywords: Learning Disability, Definitions, Labelling
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Health and Social Care Research
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Depositing User: Simon Whitaker
Date Deposited: 15 May 2009 12:00
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2018 14:01


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