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Learning Disabilities , 6th Edition

Towards Inclusion

Edited by Helen Atherton, BSc(Hons), PhD, RNLD and Debbie Crickmore, BSc(Hons) MSc RNLD

584 pages
Copyright 2011
$81.95, Paperback, Reference

Availability:New edition due. 09/11/21.



Learning Disabilities: Toward Inclusion (formerly edited by Bob Gates) is one of the leading textbooks in this field. It offers real ways to improve quality of experience for people with learning disabilities in all areas of life.

This new edition brings together a comprehensive and coherent collection of material from eminent authors with a wealth of professional backgrounds and roles. Its contemporary focus reflects practice developments including the impact of changing policy and legislation on the nature and configuration of services.


No other text matches this edition for comprehensive coverage for student nurses

Nursing lecturer

..this is an extremely useful resource not only to nurses but anyone with an interest in this area

Practising nurse

“Each chapter begins with a list of its contents and ends with references, further reading and excellent additional resources. Navigation is straightforward.

The book is excellent value for money for all professionals working in the field.”

Nursing Standard : August 29 : vol 21 no 51 : 2007

Key Features

  • The leading textbook for carers of people with learning disabilities
  • A comprehensive overview of the field of learning disabilities care
  • Well-written accessible content
  • Activities, case studies, diagrams and further resources including useful web links

New to this Edition

  • The embedding of key themes across chapters to draw diverse material into an integrated whole. These are: person-centredness, values, the reality of practice, the range of ability, the range of services and national and international perspectives.
  • Chapters on advocacy, personal narratives and life story, inclusive research, risk, safeguarding, sensory awareness, epilepsy and end-of-life care.
  • Online case studies and activities with critical-thinking questions and ‘hot links’ to web resources to extend knowledge and understanding thereby facilitating learning.
  • A fully searchable, customisable electronic version of the text to enable easy access and quick reference.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Living with learning disabilities

1 The social construction of learning disability

2 Causes of learning disability

3 Eugenics: the creation and maintenance of difference

4 Values-based support

5 Ethical issues

Section 2: Implementing values-based support

6 Let me speak – facilitating communication

7 Advocacy

8 Personal narrative and life story

9 Person-centred strategies for planning

10 Inclusive research: we are the artists of our lives

11 Positive risk taking

12 Safeguarding against abuse and harm

Section 3: Overcoming challenges to good health

13 Enabling good health

14 Physical health

15 Sensory awareness

16 Epilepsy

17 Mental health problems in people with learning disabilities

18 Challenging behaviour

19 Working with offenders

20 Autistic spectrum conditions

Section 4: Facilitating transition across the lifespan

21 Working with people to make choices

22 Working with families

23 Childhood

24 Leisure and friendships

25 Education for children and young people with learning disabilities

26 Employment

27 A place to live

28 Sexual and personal relationships

29 Growing older: meeting the needs of people with learning disabilities

30 End of Life

Author Information

Edited by Helen Atherton, BSc(Hons), PhD, RNLD , Lecturer in Nursing, School of Healthcare, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK and Debbie Crickmore, BSc(Hons) MSc RNLD, Lecturer in Learning Disability, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull, Hull, UK

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