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Learning Disability
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Introduction - why the life cycle?

Part 1 - The construction of learning disability Narratives and people with learning disabilities
Social constructions and social models: Disability explained?
The roots of biomedical diagnosis
Learning disability and the law
Models of service delivery
Maintaining a commitment to quality
Advocacy, campaigning and people with learning difficulties Part 2 - Childhood and early parenting Children with learning disabilities talking about their everyday lives
Communication with children and young people
The importance of aetiology of intellectual disability
Breaking the news and early intervention
Addressing the physical and sensory needs of children with profound and multiple learning disabilities
Family care: Experiences and expectations Part 3 - Adolescence and transitions to adulthood Adolescents and younger adults: Narrative accounts
Transition: A moment of change
Safeguarding adults with learning disabilities against abuse
Promoting healthy lifestyles: Challenging behaviour
(Almost) everything you ever wanted to know about sexuality and learning disability but were always too afraid to ask
The sexual lives of women with learning disabilities
Supporting people with learning disabilities within the criminal justice system
Independence, reciprocity and resilience
Personalizing learning disability services Part 4 - Adult identities and community inclusion You have to prove yourself all the time: People with learning disabilities as parents
Promoting friendships and developing social networks
Enabling and supporting person-centred planning
Culture and ethnicity: Developing accessible and appropriate services for health and social care
Work, supported employment and leisure
Promoting healthy lifestyles: Mental health
Retrieving lost identities: Men with severe intellectual disabilities and mental health problems in long-term care
Engaging communities of interest Part 5 - Experiences of ageing and end-of-life issues A late picking: Narratives of older people with learning disabilities
Growing old: Adapting to change and realizing a sense of belonging, continuity and purpose
End-of-life issues
Healthy and successful ageing
Research and emancipation: Prospects and problems

About the Author

Margaret Flynn is Principal Researcher at the Centre for Health and Social Care Research at Sheffield Hallam University. She is also Chair of the Stephen Hoskin serious case review and Chair of Lancashire County Council's Safeguarding Board, and works as an independent consultant.

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