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Life Stages

Life stages create changing demands and roles over time. The developmental transitions and related service responses, from infancy to childhood to adolescence, adulthood, middle age and old age are associated with personal and family adaptations, shifting responsibilities and challenges. Parents have consistently questioned the lack of opportunities to assist them in helping their daughters and sons with intellectual disabilities to set and reach life goals. 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.

Page Ageing And Its Consequences For People With Down's Syndrome
Ageing and the problems of old age are particularly relevant to people with Down's syndrome as some of these age-related problems develop earlier in life than would normally be the case.
Page Bereavement In The Lives Of People With Intellectual Disabilities
When a person with intellectual disabilities loses a parent through death, it is not only a loss of someone who is loved, but is also the loss of the person most familiar with their needs, their likes and dislikes, and with whom they had a trusting relationship.
Page People with Intellectual Disabilities and their Elderly Carers
Nowadays, people with intellectual disabilities live much longer than they did in the past, with the result that there is also an expanding population of elderly parents who are continuing to care for a son or daughter well into old age.
Page People with Down's Syndrome At All Ages: Some Tips for Family Physicians
General practitioners will be called upon to provide medical care to people who have Down's syndrome through their lives and in some cases unfamiliarity with the syndrome may compromise the quality of that care.
Page When My Dad Died: A Relative's Perspective
An article from a son telling the story of when his dad was dying and when he died.
Page Commentary On When My Dad Died: A Relative's Perspective
Commentary On Richard West's Article, When My Dad Died: A Relative's Perspective
Page My Experience of transition from being a Teenager to becoming an Adult
Gary Butler describes the changes in his life and different attitudes towards him
Page Transition For Children With Intellectual Disabilities
This article aims to provide the reader with an overview of transition for people with intellectual disabilities as they move from children's to adult services. Topics covered include common issues faced by young people as they grow up with intellectual disabilities, the legislative background of transition services in the UK, and models of transition services. In addition to this the article familiarizes the reader with the main body of UK literature in this area.The article concludes with a brief account of how transition services may need to develop in the future.
Page Living with learning difficulties: Emma’s story
This paper presents Emma’s story: her experience of living with learning difficulties. The emerging themes of loss, blame and anger are discussed.
Page Working reflexively in learning disabilities: what Emma taught us
The theme of powerlessness is relevant to learning disability because learning disability happens to people who do not choose and do not want to be learning disabled. Additionally, although there are many ways in which professionals can make the experience of living with a learning disability easier, we are powerless to cure learning disability, or answer the question asked by one of our clients (Emma) ‘why me? (and not you)’.
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