British Journal Of Social Work
Walmsley and Johnson have presented us with an excellent book in Inclusive Research with People with Learning Disabilities. As the full title suggests, this book explores the past, present and futures of inclusive research with people with learning disabilities. This is done well. I found this book both intriguing and enjoyable. It is full of insight, fact and reference, and is written in a clear and illuminating style. In many places throughout this well-ordered text examples are usefully employed to highlight the discussion. Without a doubt, I think that this book is a timely addition to the area. It fills a gap in the literature and is clearly and authoritatively written. In my view it should be essential reading for anyone concerned with the lives of people with learning disabilities.
This is a fascinating book, partly because of it's subject matter, partly because the very ambivalence it identifies among inclusive researchers is painfully played out on its pages. The authors aim to record, review and celebrate the achievements of inclusive research, but also to tackle the current `stifling' of debate about the very real challenges of involving people with learning disabilities in the research process.
Care & Health Magazine
Policy makers, researchers, practitioners and students should find in this reader some thought-provoking and authoritative information and advice on how to carry out truly inclusive research with people with learning disabilities.
Far more than a "how to do it" handbook. The pages are filled with thought-provoking suggestions, and nothing is taken for granted. The book was inspired by "questions we dared not ask", as the authors confess, and it does indeed consider a range of sensitive issues about power, ownership, initiation and value.