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Making and keeping friends - has it got any easier in the last 20 years?

Catherine and Johanna de Haas

A person in a wheelchair with a woman standing by the side of them

Johanna and I are a mother and daughter team, supported by PAs. Johanna communicates without words. (She is the one with the dark hair in these photos). We would like to talk about our experiences of making and keeping friends during her lifetime. Has it got any easier during the last 20 years? We will use photos to illustrate our talk.

A woman cuddling a child

Johanna is in her early 20s and I am considerably older. I was a speech therapist for 10 years before she was born and continued to work for the first 13 years of her life. I am currently studying an MSc in profound and complex learning disabilities.

hree children playing on a bed

Catherine and Johanna de Haas and one of our PAs

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Liz Tilley 
Chair of the Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) Research Group
School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA

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