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Rights in Practice for People with a Learning Disability

Stories of Citizenship

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  • Operationalizes the principles of the UNCRPD in a very practical way for people with learning/intellectual disabilities
  • Led by people with learning disabilities and their supporters or advocates
  • Written to be accessible to professionals and students at all levels

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About this book

This book aims to raise awareness about the possibility of achieving the goals of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), in order for all disabled people to enjoy the benefit of human rights. The stories of people who have been supported to enjoy their rights and their citizenship will enable readers to focus on how services and support can enable people with a learning disability to have their rights upheld, with an outcome of citizenship, independence and achievement. Despite the UNCRDP being in place since 2006, a significant number of learning disability service provider organisations and professionals in the UK are not aware of its existence. This book aims to bridge the gap between policy and practice to demonstrate the value of a human rights approach as the foundation for services and support for people with a learning disability.


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Building Bridges, Halesowen, UK

    Liz Tilly

  • Jan Walmsley Associates, Aylesbury, UK

    Jan Walmsley

About the editors

Dr Liz Tilly is the founder and director of Building Bridges, a social enterprise of people with a learning disability which delivers training and inclusive research focused on ‘making a difference’ to the lives of people with a learning disability.  

Professor Jan Walmsley is a historian of intellectual disability and Visiting Chair in History of Learning Disability at The Open University, UK.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Rights in Practice for People with a Learning Disability

  • Book Subtitle: Stories of Citizenship

  • Editors: Liz Tilly, Jan Walmsley

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-99-5562-6Published: 30 December 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-99-5565-7Due: 30 January 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-99-5563-3Published: 29 December 2023

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXVII, 308

  • Number of Illustrations: 23 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Public Health, Human Rights, Social Care, Social Policy, Politics of the Welfare State, Social Work and Community Development

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