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Spaces of wellbeing for people with learning disabilities

Spaces of wellbeing for people with learning disabilities

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-284
Number of pages10
JournalScottish Geographical Journal
Volume126
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

Abstract

There is a growing interest in the geography of health in the concept of 'wellbeing', as it provides a fuller understanding of health, builds in embodied experiences, and accounts for the socio-spatial relations and contexts that shape health. The paper sets out the case for using 'wellbeing' to rethink the poor health outcomes experienced by people with learning disabilities, which conventional tools of healthcare and health promotion have failed to address. Shifting the focus of concern from the individualised objective ill-health of people with learning disabilities to a broader sense of emotional and social wellbeing and happiness, the paper argues that there is potential within learning disability spaces and networks for wellbeing to flourish, through greater self-determination and presence in and attachment to local places. The outcome is people with learning disabilities being able to find stability and build resilience in difficult bodily and social circumstances.

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