Barriers to Autonomy for Older Adults with Lifelong Intellectual Disability

Buys, Laurie & Tedman-Jones, Jan S. (2004) Barriers to Autonomy for Older Adults with Lifelong Intellectual Disability. In Bailey, C., Cabrera, D., & Buys, L. (Eds.) Social Change in the 21st Century Conference, Centre for Social Change Research, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.

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In the past, people with an intellectual disability were not expected to outlive their parents and few survived to old age. Today, things are different for this cohort of older adults. Today the size of this cohort is increasing and its members are generally experiencing longevity, leaving disability and aged care sectors grappling with the implications of these changes (Ansello and Janicki, 2000; Bigby, 2004; Haveman, 2004). Many older adults with lifelong intellectual disability have either spent much of their lives within the confines of institutional living or they have spent a lifetime being sheltered by very protective parents. Irrespective of which background they have experienced, many are now at crossroads in their lives where decisions about their future are being considered. This paper explores issues around independence with a particular focus on barriers to achievement, as identified in a recent focus group involving older people with intellectual disability, carers and service providers in Brisbane, Australia. Service provision and elderly parents are identified as two significant barriers to older people with lifelong intellectual disability experiencing more choice and freedom in their lives

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ID Code: 632
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 1741070813
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Laurie Buys and Jan S. Tedman-Jones
Deposited On: 21 Dec 2004 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:07

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