BBC film – history of people with learning disabilities

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The BBC have recently commissioned and just finished filming with Dr Janet Carr, Honorary Senior Researcher, at the Tizard Centre.  Dr Carr has assisted in the making of a film about the history of people with learning disabilities at Normansfield Hospital, due to be shown later this year.  The hospital was founded in 1868 by John Langdon Down, after whom Down syndrome was named.  It was finally shut in 1997 and the building now houses the Down Museum; illustrating a history of the care of people with learning disabilities and the history of the Normansfield Hospital and its residents.

Dr Carr is known for completing a famous longitudinal study of people with Down Syndrome, starting as a young researcher her study looked 54 babies living with their families in a part of south-east England and has continued to follow the families up over a period of 50 years.

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