Learning disability

  • Pat Young
Part of the Macmillan Master Series book series


‘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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Notes and references

  1. 1.
    From R. Edgerton, The Cloak of Competence, quoted in Joanna Ryan and Frank Thomas, The Politics of Mental Handicap (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1980), p. 12.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Paul Williams, quoted in Ann Shearer, Disability: Whose Handicap? Oxford: Blackwell, 1981) p. 54.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Mencap information, Community Care: people and principles (January 1993), p. 2.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    P. Hunt, ‘Comment: Single Rooms’, Cheshire Smile (Winter 1968–9).Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Paul Williams and Bonnie Shoultz, We can speak for ourselves (London: Souvenir Press, 1982).Google Scholar

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© Pat Young 1995

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