Various advocacy movements for people with learning difficulties have been developed in Britain over the last twenty years. The 1960s and 1970s were an unparalleled time of social unrest in the United Kingdom and America. They created a climate of self-determination, self-direction, assertion of specific interests and an active announcement of the need for the rights to citizenship to be acknowledged (Rhoades et al. 1986). The slogan ‘power to the people’ emerged as a true reflection of the energy of this era. For many minority groups, including people with learning difficulties, an outcry was made for social reform.


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