An Introduction to Supporting People with a Learning Disability

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SAGE Publications, Jul 6, 2012 - Social Science - 144 pages
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If you work with people with a learning disability and are studying for a health and social care qualification, or you want the right information to help your personal development, then An introduction to supporting people with a learning disability is for you.

This book puts the person at the centre of the support you give. It uses real life stories, activities and thinking points to cover all of the learning outcomes and is full of practical examples of how to apply the ideas to the support you provide.


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1 Understanding the nature and characteristics of learning disability
2 Understanding the historical context of learning disability
3 Understanding how views and attitudes impact on the lives of people and their family carers
4 Promoting communication with people with learning disabilities
5 Understanding the principles of advocacy empowerment and active participation
6 Understanding the legislation and policies that support the human rights and inclusion of people with learning disabilities

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About the author (2012)

For 11 years Elaine worked in services for people who have learning disabilities and was committed to multi-disciplinary approach to risk enablement and person centred planning. Elaine also worked for 8 years within a social services training section as both a training officer and then social services training manager. /par1/Elaine worked for BILD for 5 years, as a training associate, delivering a wide range of different training to staff across the health and social care sector and is a tutor, assessor and internal verifier for a range of qualifications, in additional to developing different policies and procedures for a number of both local and national organisations./par1/Elaine has had a number of materials published and including: training materials in the BILD 'Induction Trainer Pack, A brief guide to the Mental Capacity Act 2005' and 'A brief guide to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards' that was aimed at family members and carers.

Liz is strongly committed to the full inclusion of people with learning disabilities in all aspects of life, and has had regular professional and social contact with people with learning disabilities for over 30 years.

Liz works as a freelance trainer and consultant and also set up and is a director of Building Bridges Training, a social enterprise of people with a learning disability which provides training. Liz founded and was chief executive of a voluntary organisation in the West Midlands which provides a wide range of services and opportunities for people with learning disabilities. Prior to this, her career was in special education.

She has learning disability qualifications including a B.Ed. and M.Med.Sci. and a M.A. in Applied Social Research. She is currently doing a PhD researching the needs of and support to people with mild learning disabilities who fall through the net of statutory provision.

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