In partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Paid employment and independent accommodation are widely seen by society, government and social services as keys to transition to adulthood. However, young disabled people often find reaching these goals a struggle. This research aims to find how young people growing up with significant impairments can achieve independent adulthood. It breaks new ground by seeking out and interviewing disabled adults who have combined paid work with independent accommodation, as well as comparative groups with one or other of these, or neither. It examines key structures which may support transition to adulthood, starting with families and moving onto wider social structures such as education, housing, work and benefit provisions.
This report highlights the difficulties of growing up with disability which neither government nor the disability movement has fully acknowledged. It makes clear that few disabled people will grow into independent adulthood without stronger supports through transition, and identifies areas for policy change.
Professionals within the social care sector are required to undertake Continuous Professional Development (CPD) by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Those who use this resource will be able to gain CPD points.
People with disabilities and those working with them in voluntary and statutory agencies in education, employment, housing and social services. Academics and students in disability studies.
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media
Publication: 11 February 2014