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Conference 2004

Work in the lives of people with learning disabilities: 'A millstone or a milestone?'

13th July 2004 at The Open University, Milton Keynes

(Please note: there are no abstracts or presentations available for this 2004 conference. However, we hope that the list of presentation titles below will give a flavour of the day's talks.)

Morning session

  • Introduction and framework paper
    Sheena Rolph
  • Getting a life! Employment and the status of work in the lives of women with learning difficulties
    Deborah Phillips
  • Always worked - but never employed!
    Marjorie Chappell
  • Trained labourers available for free - Workers with learning difficulties
    Milton Keynes People First


  • (paper 1) 'Supervision, training, occupation, protection and control': compulsory work in certified institutions - the experiences of people with learning difficulties
    Bob Hayes
  • (paper 2) Working and waiting: the unrealised opportunities of an employment-oriented community care scheme before 1948
    Pamela Dale

Afternoon session

  • Work in the lives of peole with learning difficulties
  • The heyday of work-oriented day services: the history of the Oxford Industrial Training Unit, 1964-1980
    Paul Williams
  • What works was like in the past
    People First Bootle
  • What working means to me
    Lloyd Page

Poster displays:

  1. Employment experiences of a person with the label of 'learning difficulties' in Vollbury
    Ghasem Norouzi
  2. Changing attitudes on work at Normansfield
    Heather Cadbury
  3. Gone for a Burton: the day centre with a difference? (This display includes a short video.)
    Darren Lee and Alex McClimens
  4. Welfare to Work schemes
    Helen Hewitt

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About the Group

If you woud like to get in touch with the Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) Research Group, please contact:

Liz Tilley 
Chair of the Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) Research Group
School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes

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