ERIC Number: EJ764994
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Reference Count: 16
School's Out: Pathways for Young People with Intellectual Disabilities from Out-of-Area Residential Schools or Colleges
Heslop, P.; Abbott, D.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v51 n7 p489-496 Jul 2007
Background: Previous research, and official guidance, has suggested that planning for the transition between children's and adults' services is failing young people with intellectual disabilities and their families in the UK. Youngsters placed away from home in residential schools or colleges are likely to be at even greater risk of poor transition planning and outcomes, yet there is little understanding of what factors parents consider contribute to a smoother transition and what a satisfactory outcome would be. Method: The parents of 15 young people from five areas of the UK were interviewed about what they thought contributed to a satisfactory pathway for their son or daughter from an out-of-area residential school or college on to the next phase of their life. Results: Parents identified four main process issues: being well-connected with other parents or with key professionals; being proactive; having sufficient information; and good forward planning. Most considered a good outcome to be if the young person was happy, fulfilled and stimulated. Conclusions: Parents were clear about what they thought helped, and there was little disagreement between their views. While some of these factors have been previously identified regarding the transition of disabled youngsters, they raise some unique issues for families with a youngster educated in an out-of-area residential school or college.
Descriptors: Young Adults, Residential Schools, Foreign Countries, Mental Retardation, Individualized Transition Plans, Interviews, Parent Attitudes
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom