friendship and community

by jo kennedy, helen sanderson, and helen wilson

Despite the undoubted progress that has been made by public services in improving the lives of people with learning disabilities, one aspect stands out as being very much the same. People with learning disabilities are, on the whole, still not part of their local communities in terms of the relationships and connections that many non-disabled people take for granted. For those of us brought up on John O’Brien’s ‘Five Accomplishments’, the challenge of community participation is the one where we have singularly failed. friendship and community