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Employment, Social Inclusion and People with Learning Difficulties



Speaker: Lee Humber, Lecturer, Department of Clinical Health Care, Oxford Brooks University

Location: Room C300, Tait Building, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB (accessible through the main University Building in Northampton Square)

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Please note the date of this event has changed from 9th July 2013 to 9th April 2013.

Each year the the Division of Health Services Research and Management at City University London runs a series of events and seminars which provide a platform for academics, practitioners and service users to discuss developments on best practice and help promote social inclusion for disabled people and others at risk of social exclusion, through research, teaching and consultancy. Previous topics have included: welfare at work, disability services in an age of austerity, challenges for the third sector, insurance and social inclusion.

Paid employment for people with learning disabilities became central to social inclusion agendas over the period of Labour governments between 1997 and 2010. Policy, most notably outlined in the documents Valuing People (2001) Valuing People Now (2009) and Valuing Employment Now (2009), sought to establish employment as the key element of wider social inclusion. However, for most of the history of people with learning disabilities, employment has largely been a way of defraying the costs of their social care or simply of occupying their time. There was little expectation that people would find paid employment or benefit from it financially or developmentally. This paper explores how and why this approach changed. It asks, during an era of economic austerity, what are the implications of the idea that people with learning disabilities can and should find mainstream work?

Lee Humber has a long-standing interest in the employment and social inclusion of people with learning disabilities. His current research interests include: exploring a collaborative project with the psychiatric team at an Oxfordshire prison to investigate the hidden population of people with learning disabilities in UK prisons; supporting the learning disability research lead at Southern Health to develop an inclusive project to analyse the health of people with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire. Previous to working at Oxford Brookes University, Lee worked at Aylesbury Further Education College, and was a Disability Service Manager for the London Borough of Camden. He was research supporter in an emancipatory research project run by young people with learning difficulties in Camden entitled 'An oral history of education for people with learning difficulties in Camden'. Lee has also been a Special educational needs classroom teacher and has edited a number of practical 'How to books...' on disability issues including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia.

Forthcoming publications

  • Working Minds: Employment and the future of intellectual disabilities, Pluto Press, London.
  • Social inclusion through employment: the marketization of employment support for people with learning difficulties, Disability and Society.

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1.00pm - 2.15pmTuesday 9th April 2013

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 8992 4302

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