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Edited by Jeannette Thompson, MA, BSc(Hons), RNMH, DipN(Lond), CertEd ITEC, PGDip(HSSM), DipMan and Sharon Pickering, MSc, BSc(Hons), BA(Hons), RGN, DipN(Lond), PGDip(HSSM)
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The notion of addressing bad health and promoting good health among people with learning disabilities is relatively new. Concepts of 'normalization' of services, integration of people into local communities and providing an 'inclusive' (rather than exclusive) ethos for care have led to the understanding that people with learning disabilities have the right to be treated with the same respect as everyone else. Recognition of their spiritual, legal, political, and sexual rights has therefore been near the top of the agenda for some time now. The last piece in the jigsaw is recognition of their right to live long and healthy lives - the subject of this book.
Edited by Jeannette Thompson, MA, BSc(Hons), RNMH, DipN(Lond), CertEd ITEC, PGDip(HSSM), DipMan, Lecturer, Learning Disabilities Nursing, University of York, York, UK and Sharon Pickering, MSc, BSc(Hons), BA(Hons), RGN, DipN(Lond), PGDip(HSSM), Project Manager, NHSE, Trent, UK