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Activity 14 - How people have been treated: learning disability timeline 2

Aim

To consider the history of the treatment of people with learning disabilities and link this to human rights.

Curriculum area(s)

  • Year 5 upwards
    • History
    • Citizenship
    • Tutor time

Suitable for adults with learning disabilities?

No

Learning outcome(s)

Students will be aware how attitude change leads to changes in the way people with learning disabilities have been treated over time.

Time required

30 mins - 120 mins

Resources

Activity

  1. Watch "Present in My Past". In groups, discuss the film. Get answers to the following questions and write them down:
    1. What did the research team learn?
    2. What has changed?
    3. When did it change?
    4. Have such changes been a good thing and why?
  2. As a class, look at and discuss the Bournemouth People First Timeline.
    1. Examine the main changes to the lives of people with learning disabilities.
    2. Class discussion - what are human rights?
      1. Did they apply to everyone?
      2. Who was excluded in the past?
      3. Who are still excluded?
      4. How could the human rights of people with learning disabilities be improved today in the community (e.g. in school, work, in terms of where they live and where they go)?

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About the Group

If you woud like to get in touch with the Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) Research Group, please contact:

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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