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Self-advocacy in historical perspective

Buchanan, Ian and Walmsley, Jan (2006). Self-advocacy in historical perspective. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 34(3) pp. 133–138.

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• This paper looks at the history of self advocacy in England.

• Self advocacy has helped many people with learning difficulties to speak up and gain more confidence.

• But now it is associated with Government policy. After Valuing People, people expect self advocacy organizations to speak up for everyone with learning difficulties.

• This might mean there is less time and space to help new people learn about speaking up as individuals.

• It is important to find ways to support self advocacy groups, especially those run by people themselves, to avoid this happening.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1354-4187
Keywords: Government policy; history; self-advocacy; social movement; speaking up
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care
Item ID: 7634
Depositing User: Ian Buchanan
Date Deposited: 16 May 2007
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 19:59
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