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Talk, Sat 29 Jul 2017, free entry


Lesley Alabaf

0333 1212 300


2a Langdon Park, Kingston Road,
TW11 9PS


A short history of learning disability and those who decided to change conditions for the better.

The talk will cover early 19th Century projects to set up communities on the continent and in England. The changes in the Victorian period that began to offer education, training and better care which are a lasting legacy for many organisations.

Throughout this history many extraordinary people worked to create a vision of belonging in the communities set up by the Rev Andrew Reed (Earlswood Asylum), Dr John Langdon Down (Normansfield), Karl König (Camphill Movement) and Jean Vanier (L’Arche). Equally important were the ideas, research and campaigning of Dr John Conolly, hans Asperger, Wolf Wolfensberger, and Brian Rix.

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 29 Jul 2017 11:00 to 12:00


Free entry



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