'Chocolate makes you autism': impairment, disability and childhood identities

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This paper discusses perceptions and experiences of impairment and disability from the perspectives of learning disabled children, their parents and their social workers. The author reports on findings from her doctoral study that adults often fail to take into account the views and experiences of learning disabled chidren. As a result, these children developed their own interpretations of impairment and disability based on their experiences and interactions with others. Whilst this indicates that they are active social interpreters, it also suggests that adults should make greater efforts to inform and consult learning disabled children. The author concludes by reflecting on the relevance of these findings to contemporary theories of disability and childhood.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-275
Number of pages15
JournalDisability and Society
Volume20 (3)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Health Professions


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