In this workshop we will show you some learning activities that we have been developing for a forthcoming online resource. These activities are based on the film ‘No Longer Shut Up’ about Mabel Cooper’s life. We want to inspire students in primary and secondary schools, and people with learning disabilities in different settings, to learn more about the history of learning disability in order to help change attitudes. This was Mabel’s dream. Come along and sample some of the activities, and have a discussion with us about why it might be important for young people to know more about the history of learning disability.
[[[image-0 right]]]Jan Walmsley was a founder of the Social History of Learning Disability Group with Dorothy Atkinson in 1994. They began it because at the time the history of learning disability was little known or researched. It was timely, as it has been able to chart the shift from institutional to community care to social care, and, now, personalisation using life stories to chart the impact of these changes on people’s lives. She now has the title of Visiting Chair, History of Learning Disabilities at the Open University, and continues to undertake projects related to the history of learning disabilities.
Richard Rieser is the managing director of World of Inclusion Ltd and is an expert disabled international equality trainer, consultant, film maker and writer and teacher.
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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
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