Peter Mittler, CBE has had a distinguished career as a psychologist, educationalist and change agent. Following a first degree in psychology from Cambridge, he worked for nine years as a clinical psychologist in services for people with mental health problems, intellectual disabilities and autism. During this period, he joined others to call for better services and helped to bring about legislation in 1971 which made education authorities responsible for the education of children who were previously considered to be ineducable.


Following five years as a lecturer in child psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London, he moved to Manchester University in 1968 to become the founding Director of the Hester Adrian Research Centre which had a major influence on people with intellectual disabilities and their families and on professional practice and national policy. He later joined the Department of Education, where he was Professor of Special Needs Education and Dean of the Faculty of Education, specialising in the preparation of teachers to work in inclusive schools for all children and in ways to develop working partnerships with families.


Internationally, he has been a consultant to several United Nations organisations, including UNESCO, UNICEF and the World Health Organisation and has worked as a volunteer with Inclusion International, a world-wide federation of societies promoting the rights of people with intellectual disabilities, becoming its President from 1982 to 1986. He spent a year as Distinguished Visiting Professor in Hong Kong University and has undertaken consultancies and led training courses in many countries, including China, Lesotho, Tunisia, Cyprus, Brazil, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Ukraine.


His main interest at present is publicising the potential of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to promote social justice and human rights for disabled people.


A selection of his key writings has recently been published as Overcoming Exclusion: Social Justice Through Education.  London and New York:  Routledge World Library of Educationalists Series, 2012, for which he was named Routledge Education Author of the Month.