Family

Most people with intellectual disabilities live at home with their families. Valuing parents' views and their knowledge of their children is crucial to the effective provision of health care.

A number of articles are being prepared for this section. Please let us know if there are new topics that you would like us to include.

Articles

  • Overview of Learning Disabilities in Children

    Overview of Learning Disabilities in Children

    People with intellectual disabilities and their parents are at risk of being undervalued and stigmatized.

    26 November 2015

  • Family Issues

    Family Issues

    Research has now moved away from looking at family dysfunction and increasingly recognizes the successful, resourceful ways in which families adapt and provide care.

    26 November 2015

  • Parents' Perspectives As Their Child Approaches Adulthood

    Parents' Perspectives As Their Child Approaches Adulthood

    Young adults of whatever ability want to feel more independent in the way they live their lives, whether this is in education, employment or another activity.

    9 February 2016

  • Children Should Be Seen and Heard: A Young Carer's Personal View

    Children Should Be Seen and Heard: A Young Carer's Personal View

    In 2002 I heard 'Laura' give her first presentation at a local authority event. It was an important milestone for Laura - a teenager. Her presentation was so moving that I invited her to share it with a wider audience. Her only request was that her name should not feature. The following is the script from which Laura read.

    18 February 2016

  • Ophir: A Mother's Story

    Ophir: A Mother's Story

    Teaching her how to adapt to the world is on going. Life gets more complex and it all needs explaining. But now I have less fear and more trust. I am trying to find that balance to help her develop herself but not lose herself. Not an easy job for any parent!

    18 February 2016

  • Parents' Views

    Parents' Views

    This article considers the views of parents on disability and discrimination.

    18 February 2016

  • Siblings

    Siblings

    This article gives the views on disability of a brother and sister.

    18 February 2016

  • Parents with Intellectual Disabilities

    Parents with Intellectual Disabilities

    Parents with an intellectual disability continue to face a high risk of losing their children. However, there is evidence that innovative schemes and appropriate support can enable them to care for their children.

    18 February 2016

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