Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus: Our Heritage – the role of heritage exhibitions in tackling social isolation

Journal article citation:
Tizard Learning Disability Review, 22(3), 2017, pp.117-131.

Purpose: Using the “Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus: Our Heritage” exhibition as a case study, the purpose of this paper is to look at how heritage exhibitions can be used to address social isolation and also serve as a way to give an identity to a community with a disability. Design/methodology/approach: The paper reviews the process of creating the exhibition, some of its most significant elements and its impact. Findings: A heritage exhibition can be an effective way to address social isolation and inclusion. Originality/value: This was a unique exhibition with considerable impact on members of the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus community and with the potential to have a broader value in promoting change in attitudes towards disability. (Publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
spina bifida, empowerment, learning disabilities, case studies, social inclusion, arts, social isolation, attitudes;
Content type:
practice example
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