learning disabilities

Learning disability history : health and social care

This website has been developed by the Social History of Learning Disability research group, based at the Open University. The site includes information on the research group's aims, members and publications as well as video testimonies and life stories.

Responding to the pain experiences of people with a learning difficulty and dementia

The aim of this research project was to develop an understanding of the pain experiences of older people with a learning difficulty and dementia, and to explore the ways in which these are managed.

Learning disability in the family : a guide for parents (Finding out about)

Booklet providing information and advice to help parents and families with learning disabled children cope successfully with their caring responsibilities.

Multi-agency inspection of services for people with learning disabilities in Ayrshire

Report detailing the results of an inspection of services for people with learning disabilities in Ayrshire and making recommendations for improvements.

Personalisation for someone with a learning disability

Video showing how personal budgets can benefit both service users and their families/carers.

Transitions to adult services by disabled young people leaving out of authority residential schools

This is a summary of a report on a study that sought to identify: differences in planning for disabled young people in residential schools outside local authority boundaries compared to young people attending their local special schools; the factors which impact on transition planning and transition outcomes for these young people; key areas for future research and the feasibility of such work.

Learning the hard way: a strategy for special educational needs

Report aiming to make a contribution to the debate on how best to educate children with learning difficulties by arguing that parents are the best people to decide where their children should attend school and laying out a strategy to make parental choice rather than 'expert' opinion the driver for policy.

Where next for pupils excluded from special schools and Pupil Referral Units?

Report of a study which looked at routes, destinations and outcomes for pupils permanently excluded from special schools and Pupil Referral Units. The study arose out of concerns over the quality of educational provision for young people with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties in England voiced by the Steer Report.

Making Connections. Stories of Local area co-ordination in Scotland

This is an accessible booklet with stories as well as information about Local Area Co-ordination, including contact details for Local Area Co-ordinators.

Prisoners' voices : experiences of the criminal justice system by prisoners with learning disabilities and difficulties

Report containing the findings of a large survey of prisoners with learning disabilities and difficulties, examining their experiences of the criminal justice system, discussing the over-arching themes which emerged and making recommendations for change.