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

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

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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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