‘Learning disability’ has replaced the older term ‘mental handicap’. This chapter will in most cases use the new and preferred term. (See chapter 1 for a discussion of the importance of language.) However there are points at which the old term will appear — where there is a reference to provision in the past, or where quotations date from earlier years.
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