Learning disabled need better support from education to adult life

Young people with learning disabilities in Northern Ireland need better support from education to adult life according to a research report by Queen’s University, Belfast.

The report called ‘Don’t Box Me In: Disability, Identity and Transitions to Young Adult Life’ followed the transitional experiences of ten young learning disabled adults and the delivery of support services aimed at meeting their needs.

Recommendations included:

  • Transition planning should address the holistic needs of the young person rather than a narrow focus on transitions from one service to another
  • Adult support service providers should support parents to make plans for future transitions and encourage interdependence for their son/daughter
  • An awareness raising of the rights of disabled adults for service providers, parents and disabled young people themselves
  • Opportunities in schools and further education, training and employment programmes to address issues of self-confidence, identity and self-esteem
  • Opportunities for inclusion in mainstream further education, training and employment programmes with necessary adaptations and support in place

To read the report, click here.

For the full article go to https://www.senmagazine.co.uk/news/sennews/sennews/learning-disabled-need-better-transition-support

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