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Tell me about the journals


All categories of BILD members receive a free online journal subscription. Individual members need to choose which journal they wish to take from the the british Journal of Learning Disabilities or the Journal in Applied Research into Intellectual Disabilities. Organisational members get both online journals.

You can still get a printed copy of the journal of your choice but you will need to pay a subscription supplement of £6.50 for BJLD and £13.50 for JARID.

All BILD members are sent the monthly information service, CAS, free as a PDF attached to an email.


British Journal of Learning Disabilities


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The British Journal of Learning Disabilities is an international peer-reviewed journal which aims to be the leading inter-disciplinary journal in the learning disability field. It covers debates and developments in research, policy and practice. It publishes original refereed papers, regular special issues giving comprehensive coverage to specific subject areas, and specially commissioned keynote reviews on major topics. In addition there are reviews of books and training materials and a letters section.

The focus of the journal is on practical issues, with current debates and research reports. Topics covered include:

  • current trends in residential and day-care services;

  • integration, rehabilitation and quality of life;

  • education and training;

  • employment and occupation;

  • recreation and leisure;

  • advocacy and rights;

  • family and carers;

  • adoption and fostering;

  • causes and management of specific syndromes;

  • staff training; new technology in practice.


Published four times a year.


Journal of Applied Research in
Intellectual Disabilities


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The Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, is an international, peer-reviewed journal which draws together findings derived from original applied research in intellectual disabilities.

The journal is an important forum for the dissemination of ideas to promote valued lifestyles for people with intellectual disabilities. It reports on research from the UK and overseas by authors from all relevant professional disciplines. It is aimed at an international, multi-disciplinary readership.

The topics it covers include community living, quality of life, challenging behaviour, communication, sexuality, medication, ageing, supported employment, family issues, mental health, physical health, autism, economic issues, social networks, staff stress, staff training, epidemiology and service provision.

Theoretical papers are also considered provided the implications for therapeutic action or enhancing quality of life are clear. Both quantitative and qualitative methodologies are welcomed. All original and review articles continue to undergo a rigorous, peer-refereeing process. 

Published six times a year.


The BILD Current Awareness Service


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A service that keeps readers up to date with everything new in learning disabilities.

Each month, CAS lists new books and resources, journal articles, audio visual material and forthcoming courses and events.

The news section gives details of new initiatives, projects, research and organisations.

Published monthly and sent by email.






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