IDIOTS,IMBECILES AND INTELLECTUAL IMPAIRMENT by Catherine Slater, M.A. Cantab
A History of Mental Handicap/Learning Difficulties from 1000AD to 2000AD-
This site is about the history of people who have been described over the years as fools and intellectually impaired, mentally retarded and developmentally delayed, mentally handicapped and learning disabled, They have faced oppression and prejudice in the past but now are beginning to be recognised as individuals who should be included , respected and valued who have equal civil rights and who are unique indivuduals who can offer a great deal and live rich fulfilled lives just like anyone else.
To paraphrase Eliza Doolittle, " it is not so much what a person is called but how s/he is treated which is important.
This page will link you to a biography of John Langdon Down and A History of People with a learning disability from ancient times to 2000AD entitled"IDIOTS,IMBECILES AND INTELLECTUAL IMPAIRMENT".The author has a daughter with Downs Syndrome and a Master's degree in History.from the University of Cambridge
It will also link you to other History of Disability Sites on the World Wide Web.
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