Book Review: People with Intellectual Disabilities: Towards a good life?

From a few years ago, but a book I still turn to regularly…

101 Ways to Make Friends

People with Intellectual Disabilities: Towards a good life?   Kelley Johnson and Jan Walmsley with Marie Wolfe.   The Policy Press, 2010.   About $40.00 Canadian.

British researchers Kelley Johnson and Jan Walmsley are well known in the field of disability studies for their innovative work around inclusive research, in which people with disabilities are trained to conduct, record and present research about aspects that are meaningful in their own lives.   Marie Wolfe is an Irish self advocate who “sees it as her vocation” to advocate for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.   Together they’ve written this rather wonderful book which deserves our attention.

There has been a great deal of discussion about what makes “a good life” for people with disabilities over the last couple of decades.   Much of this is based on the work of Dr. Robert Schalock and others looking at what qualities are in a good life…

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Published by Aaron

Director of Research, Training and Development, Spectrum Society for Community Living. As well as being responsible for in-house training and research on best practices in the field of helping people with disabilities organize their supports, I support self advocacy groups, contract to provide training and workshops to other agencies and groups and facilitate inclusive research groups. I am the author/illustrator of three books, co-editor of a new anthology for 2012, and co-editor of Spectrum Press. My passion is creating networks of best practice leaders in our field to share person-centred alternatives in how people with disabilities can be facilitated to live lives where their gifts are necessary components in their communities. I am currently half way through a Masters degree in Interdisciplinary studies, focusing on Equity and Adult Education, and particularly on how people with intellectual disabilities may be supported in participatory leadership groups.

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