Future aspirations of parents and students with severe learning difficulties on leaving special schooling.

Marisa Smyth, Roy McConkey

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    Abstract

    The majority of school-leavers over two years from two special SLD schools in Belfast were individually interviewed (N=34) as were their parents (N=37).The almost unanimous wish of the young people to have a job was not matched by the parents although nearly half of the parents did express the wish that they would have at least part-time work. The majority of young people and the parents envisaged living with the family albeit for different reasons. However there was a strong emphasis on fostering the young person’s independence and living with friends. Consequently only a minority of families mentioned their son or daughter moving into traditional residential care settings.It is argued that it is not just the availability of services that need to increase in order to meet the aspirations of the young people and their parents. Major changes are also needed in their form and function.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)54-59
    JournalBritish Journal of Learning Disabilities
    Volume31
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2003

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