I started my working life as a 18 year old nursing assistant in a large institution for people with learning disabilities. So I feel much of the history the SHLD group research, is the history I lived through! This early experience motivated me to work in different ways, and since that time I have been involved in a supporting people with learning disabilities in a range of local authority services as a social worker and manager. I was particularly involved in the large traditional ATC’s and using ideas of social firms and co-operative development to develop alternatives forms of work. In 2004 I started teaching social workers and was able to use the influence of the SHLD group to help me move from practitioner, to teacher and researcher in a way that continued the lessons of inclusiveness and learning with people with learning disabilities. I am now a member of the Social Work Department at The Open University.
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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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