One claim made for the policy of care in the community was that it would rescue people with intellectual disabilities from social marginality. To what extent has this promise been fulfilled and their lives transformed? David May presents the lives of people from this group as a series of transitions and offers us a view of the world that is as complex and changeable as any other. Each section covers a different aspect of choice, opportunity and transition on the lifepath, for example,
* moving from home to school
* leaving school
* living independently and
* growing old
The contributors have extensive research experience in the field of intellectual disabilities and provide a comprehensive review of this research, drawing out the implications for policy and practice. This book will be an invaluable resource for professionals and carers working with those with intellectual disabilities, as well as their families.
This well-presented book is very readable, with good discussions on the range of issues associated with enabling intellectually disabled people to lead fulfilling lives, with access to opportunities taken for granted by the general population. There is good reflection on the changes in attitudes towards this group of people over the past 20 years... The book is a worthy addition to the department bookshelf and a useful source of inspiration to readers.