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Announcing publication of our new book – Intellectual Disability and Stigma: Stepping Out from the Margins | Blog post by Katrina Scior

By ID Stigma UCL, on 18 October 2016

Final Cover

We are pleased to announce the publication by Palgrave Macmillan of Intellectual Disability and Stigma: Stepping Out from the Margins’, edited by Katrina Scior and Shirli Werner.

This book:

  • – Highlights how those with intellectual disabilities and their families are affected by stigma
  • – Provides a framework to tackle intellectual disability stigma across a variety of environments
  • – Emphasises the centrality of self-advocacy in fighting against stigma of intellectual disabilities


The book examines how intellectual disability is affected by stigma and how this stigma has developed. Around two per cent of the world’s population have an intellectual disability but their low visibility in many places bears witness to their continuing exclusion from society.

This prejudice has an impact on the family of those with an intellectual disability as well as the individual themselves and affects the well-being and life chances of all those involved. This book provides a framework for tackling intellectual disability stigma in institutional processes, media representations and other, less overt, settings. It also highlights the anti-stigma interventions which are already in place and the central role that self-advocacy must play.


This is what some early reviewers have said:

“Scior and Werner have assembled a masterful team of scientists and advocates to summarize the state of research on the stigma of intellectual disabilities.”

Patrick W. Corrigan Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

“This book will help expose generations of often unconscious bias while opening many eyes to the possibility of a more welcoming future.”

Timothy Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics


Book Launch: Monday, 31st October 2016 15:00 to 17:30

Join us for a free event of talk by the book’s editors and some of the authors, followed by a reception. For full details see: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-launch-intellectual-disability-and-stigma-stepping-out-from-the-margins-tickets-27688172068

Special offer: order your copy at a 30% discount, using coupon code PM16THIRTY. This code is only valid for individual purchasers until 31st December 2016.

To order visit www.palgrave.com and quote the offer code or email your order to customerervice@springer.com


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