Book Reviews – Insistent Voices: Stories on Claiming Identity

    Tony Taylor, Kingston Advocacy Group 

    ISBN 0-9546079-0-2, £7.99 


    The world of people with learning difficulties can be one of
    loneliness and despair where their characters are forgotten and in
    effect die, writes Matt Dore. But Insistent Voices brings light to
    this world, relating the experiences of five people with learning
    difficulties in their own words.

    The detail of what makes each person tick, coupled with the factual
    history of how the large and not-so-large institutions run, how
    people are treated and how people survive is gripping. 

    Each story is unique, but each has one common thread. These people
    were allowed to tell their story, they were listened to and the
    main people in their life (not all professionals but usually people
    from the “outside”) cared for them and, dare I say, loved them.

    There is optimism for people with learning difficulties found on
    the pages of this book. I hope it will challenge the professionals
    to review how they treat people and cause organisations to change
    how they provide services. What is so refreshing is how the book
    shows the author, a professional, treating people with learning
    difficulties as human beings.

    I recommend all those who are serious about working with people
    with learning difficulties (indeed, with most marginalised groups
    within society) to read this book. It is important that society as
    a whole should learn from these stories too. 

    Matt Dore is a supporter of people with learning

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