Dorothy Atkinson is Emeritus Professor of Learning Disability in the Faculty of Health & Social Care. In her OU career she has contributed to courses on social care, learning disability and mental health for carers, practitioners and users. She has also helped produce courses for social workers and health and social care managers. She is a founder member of the Social History of Learning Disability research group. Her research interests include advocacy, history of learning disability, living with disability, oral and life history, biographical and participatory research.
Dorothy Atkinson is a founder member (with Jan Walmsley) of the Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) Research Group. Her research interests include advocacy, history of learning disability, living with disability, oral and life history, biographical and participatory research.
SHLD website: http://www.open.ac.uk/hsc/ldsite/
This website features a recent HLF project http://www.reclaimingthepast.org.uk.
1) An Auto/biographical Approach to Learning Disability Research (1997)
2) (with M. Jackson & J. Walmsley) Forgotten Lives. Exploring the History of Learning Disability (1997)
3) Advocacy: A Review (1999)
4) (with M.McCarthy, J. Walmsley et al.) Good Times, Bad Times. Women with Learning Difficulties Telling Their Stories (2000)
5) (with L. Brigham et al.) Crossing Boundaries. Change and Continuity in the History of Learning Disability (2000)
6) (with S. Rolph et al.) Witnesses to Change. Families and Learning Difficulties (2004)
7) (with S. French et al) An oral history of the education of visually impaired children: Telling stories for inclusive futures (2006)
History of learning disability
Living with disability
Visiting research fellowships
2007 La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
2007/10 Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Contributor over a number of years to numerous OU modules, ranging from specialist modules in learning disability and mental health, to generic modules in health and social care for social workers, health and social care practitioners and HSC managers.
Most recent course teams: MSc Advancing Healthcare Practice and K101 An Introduction to Health and Social Care.