Welcome to the ‘Rethinking Learning Disability’ site! The site has been set up to support an ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council [UK]) Seminar Series with this title, organised by Dr. Murray Simpson and Dr. Ed Hall (University of Dundee) and Prof. Chris Philo (University of Glasgow).
The concept has been to run a seminar series with three one-day events. The purpose of the series is to: (i) rethink learning disability as a social phenomenon set within variable time-space contexts at different scales; (ii) bring in the voices of people with learning disabilities, as far as possible, as a resource/provocation for such rethinking; and (iii) bridge across from academic dialogues, via voices of people with learning disabilities, into the realms of policy and practice.
The pages in this site (see page titles in bar above) contain information on the rationale of the overall seminar series, plus details of the three seminars (with summaries, commentaries and audio-visual records of each one). The hope is that this site can become a source of blogs (posts) responding to the seminar series, perhaps to our overall rationale but particularly to the contents of the three seminars as uploaded here. We would hence welcome posts from visitors to this site, and we are happy for you to post them anywhere on the site that you find something of interest worth a comment (although the ‘Commentary’ categories associated with each of the three seminars might be the most obvious place for postings). The ambition is that this site will become an important source for everyone concerned with learning disability: people with learning disabilities, their supporters and advocates; academics; students; policy-makers; professionals; practitioners; activists (all are welcome).
A professionally-produced 1+ hour video, with voice-over, providing an overview of the whole seminar series but particularly drawing upon contributions to Seminar 3, can be found on the Seminar 3 Video page.
The brilliant image at the top of this page (and elsewhere throughout this site) is courtesy of John Hall, Orwell Arts, Garvald Edinburgh: Creative Opportunities and Support for Adults with Disabilities.