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Why study the history of learning disabilities?

8 December 2016

Why study the history of learning disabilities?

'Forgetting the extermination is the final act of the extermination itself' (Raoul Hilberg)

Is spending time thinking about the past is an unnecessary luxury when making things better in the present needs all our attention?

I do not think it is.

And in July 2016 I had the luxury of being able to spend 2 days thinking about this at the Social History of Learning Disabilities Conference, in Milton Keynes. I came away more than ever convinced that it really matters to remember the past, and use it to reflect upon the present.