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People, Policies and Professionals: a study of learning disability in a small town

Sally Sainsbury
Ashgate (August 2002)

This study uncovers the problems that arise when principles underlying policy are difficult to interpret and are at odds with the culture of the locality within which policy is implemented.

Examining one strategy in particular, the All Wales Strategy in relations to people with learning difficulties, the author focuses as much attention on the community of the small Welsh mining town as on the citizens with learning disabilities who are the object of the policy.

The study gives rise to questions concerning tensions within policy making, implementation and outcome, and to policy assumptions relating to notions of 'the normal' and 'inclusion'. The volume examines whether individualism is a benefit or a weakness within the context of a learning disability community in particular and society in general.

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