From Sidelined to Expert Story-tellers

The history of learning disability was long neglected, with firsthand accounts of those affected missing. Susanna Shapland describes the movement that changed this

For decades, the history of learning disability was not given the recognition it deserved. It was subsumed into related topics such as the history of eugenics or of mental health, and historians tended to rely solely on documentary evidence to write histories of policies or institutions.

Those with experience of living with a learning disability were sidelined and silenced or, at best, portrayed as merely victims of an uncaring or cruel system.

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