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ERIC Number: ED542387
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Thinking Ahead: Improving Support for People with Learning Disabilities and Their Families to Plan for the Future
Towers, Christine
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (NJ1)
The increasing life expectancy of people with learning disabilities makes it imperative that families plan for the future. The number of people with learning disabilities over the age of 65 is predicted to double over the next two decades. The greatest increase in life expectancy will be amongst people with mild learning disabilities who will have a comparable life expectancy with people in the general population of a similar socio-economic group. There is a significant gap in both policy and practice regarding responsibilities and guidance for supporting families to plan for the future. Although substantial resources have been allocated to developing policy and support at the time of transition from children's to adult services, there is little provision for people with learning disabilities planning their future during their adult lives, such as when they move away from the family home. The recommendations from Thinking Ahead aim to address the gaps in policy and practice thereby improving the support available to people with learning disabilities and their families to plan for the future. The aims for the Thinking Ahead project have been to: (1) raise awareness of this issue amongst policy-makers, local authority managers in social care and housing, carers' organisations and more widely in the community; (2) campaign for families to receive on-going and person-centred support to discuss and plan for the future; and (3) produce a practical guide that can be used by family carers, and those who support them, to make sustainable plans for the future. Demographic information about the parents who took part in the survey is presented. [Funding for this paper was also provided by Barchester Healthcare.]
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities. Sea Containers House 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9QB, UK. Tel: +44-20-7803-1100; Fax: +44-20-7803-1111; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Baily Thomas Charitable Fund (United Kingdom)
Authoring Institution: Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom