There is much concern expressed in nursing and other health care professions about the theory/practice gap. "Learning Disabilities, " written for all those dealing with the learning disabled in a professional capacity, is structured so as to enable practitioners from a variety of backgrounds to apply theoretical concepts with real understanding of the issues involved. Themes, such as consumerism, empowerment, paternalism and informed choice, incorporate many complex concepts and contemporary issues. This book introduces and explains the relevant concepts, showing how they relate to practice through detailed case studies, identifying the practical implications for care delivery and summarizing key points. The linking of practice to contemporary theories makes "Learning Disabilities" particularly valuable on introductory courses, but it will also be an effective resource for the trained practitioner.