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Transitions for young people with learning disabilities

Gillian MacIntyre

in Managing transitions

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421883
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302780 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847421883.003.0004
Transitions for young people with learning disabilities

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Young people with learning disabilities can expect to make transitions that involve local education authorities, children's social services, adult social care, and in some cases paediatric and adult health services. This transition is a complicated process that occurs at different ages and involves different eligibility criteria, depending on which organisations are involved. This chapter explores the nature of transition from childhood to adulthood for young people with learning disabilities. It outlines their experiences of transition and examines policy responses in relation to these experiences. The chapter shows that young people with learning disabilities are often particularly vulnerable to the varying age limits and eligibility structures of different support services. They are also very much at the heart of changing expectations in terms of social inclusion, with the aspiration for exercising wider choices and accessing employment.

Keywords: young people; learning disabilities; transitions; adulthood; experiences; age limits; eligibility structures; support services; social inclusion; employment

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