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Professor Val Williams

Professor Val Williams

Professor Val Williams
BA, M Ed, PhD

Emeritus Professor

Social Science Complex,
8 Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TZ
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 331 0971

Research summary

I am a Disability Studies researcher with key interests in ways of conceptualising change in policy and practice, on the terms of disabled people themselves.  I am privileged to be an executive editor of the international journal Disability & Society, a post I have held since 2007, as well as Head of the Norah Fry Research Centre since 2013. I have worked for over forty years with people with learning disabilities (intellectual disabilities) in various capacities, always with a view to promoting and facilitating people’s own voices. My reflections on the links between policy, practice and change in Intellectual ...

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My first career was in education, where I was a classroom teacher in special schools during the 1970’s. This introduced me to a vast range of individuals with learning disabilities, as well as their families and supporters, all of whom helped me to learn. My second career, during the 1980’s and 90’s was in Further Education, where I worked with people with learning disabilities, as well as other disabled students of all ages. I was active in introducing and supporting inclusion for disabled students across college, and my final post there was as cross college disability co-ordinator.

I joined Norah ...

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