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Language and Disability - By Peter Mittler

Peter Mittler has been working in the wider disability field for some 60 years: as a clinical psychologist, parent, academic, director of a large research centre on learning disability at Manchester University, policy adviser to government and UN consultant on disability.

Following his own diagnosis of Alzheimer’s ten years ago, his advocacy has focused on the rights of 46 million people with dementia.

Here, he looks at the important role in shaping attitudes to disability that is played by language.



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