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On the threshold of change

Author:
MADDEN Phil
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 12.12.91, 1991, pp.22-23.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Reports on a small-scale research study in Avon into the experiences of fifty young people with learning difficulties and their transition to adulthood.

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All change: transition into adult life: a resource for young people with learning difficulties, family carers and professionals

Authors:
MALLETT Robina, POWER Margaret, HESLOP Pauline
Publisher:
Pavilion
Publication year:
2003
Pagination:
246p.
Place of publication:
Brighton

Transition can be a particularly complicated and stressful experience for a young person with disabilities and his or her family. All change looks at the process of transition in England and the main issues and choices that may arise, both in the lives of young people with learning difficulties and for their families. This resource is aimed at young people with learning difficulties as they pass through transition into adult life, as well as their family carers and professionals. It covers what happens when the young person leaves school, the choices they might need to make about further education, work, housing and leisure, the transition to adult services and the different options and types of support that are available

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Qualities in friendship: within an outside perspective: definitions expressed by adolescents with mild intellectual disabilities

Author:
SIGSTAD Hanne Marie Hoybraten
Journal article citation:
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 21(1), 2017, pp.20-39.
Publisher:
Sage
Place of publication:
London

Background: This study examined how adolescents with mild intellectual disabilities define qualities of friendship and discussed the extent to which these definitions adhere to established definitions of close friendship. Materials and Methods: The study was based on qualitative interviews with 11 adolescents in secondary school. The interviews were supplemented with information from six parents. A thematic structural analysis was used to identify themes. Results: Qualities of friendship were categorised as mutual preference, mutual enjoyment, shared interactions, care, mutual trust and bonding. The criteria for close friendship seem to be fulfilled, albeit to a moderate degree. Closeness and reciprocity appear to be significant in this study, although these features have been considered less relevant within this target group in previous research. Conclusions: Differences in definitions may explain divergent results compared with other studies, and the need to achieve equivalence in friendship may be another. (Edited publisher abstract)

Journal article

Project SEARCH UK: evaluating its employment outcomes

Author:
KAEHNE Axel
Journal article citation:
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 29(6), 2016, pp.519-530.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Background: The study reports the findings of an evaluation of Project SEARCH UK. The programme develops internships for young people with intellectual disabilities who are about to leave school or college. The aim of the evaluation was to investigate at what rate Project SEARCH provided employment opportunities to participants. Methods: The evaluation obtained data from all sites operational in the UK at the time of evaluation (n = 17) and analysed employment outcomes. Results: Data were available for 315 young people (n = 315) in the programme and pay and other employment related data were available for a subsample. The results of the analysis suggest that Project SEARCH achieves on average employment rates of around 50 per cent. Conclusion: Project SEARCH UK represents a valuable addition to the supported employment provision in the UK. Its unique model should inform discussions around best practice in supported employment. Implications for other supported employment programmes are discussed. (Publisher abstract)

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Employing people with disabilities: a preliminary assessment of a start-up Initiative

Authors:
YAMATANI Hide, TEIXEIRA Samantha, McDONOUGH Kathleen
Journal article citation:
Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 25(8), 2015, pp.830-842.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

A major city in Pennsylvania initiated the Career Transition Liaison Project, the first of its kind in the region. Based on a mixed method evaluation design, the pilot study findings show that employing youth with disabilities requires certain accommodations and an initial investment in training, but these investments pay off for the employer. (Publisher abstract)

Journal article

‘Everybody just thinks I'm weird’: a qualitative exploration of the psychosocial experiences of adolescents with Tourette syndrome

Authors:
WADMAN R., TISCHLER Victoria, JACKSON G.M.
Journal article citation:
Child: Care, Health and Development, 39(6), 2013, pp.880-886.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Background: Research suggests Tourette syndrome (TS) can have a negative impact on quality of life. To date, little research has examined the perspectives of young people with this condition in depth. Methods: Six 14- to 16-year-olds with TS took part in semi-structured interviews to explore the perceived impact of this condition on self and on relationships with others. The transcripts were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Results: The young people felt that TS was a constant presence in their lives, but one they have learnt to cope with well. Most had developed supportive friendships but encountered problems when interacting with the wider peer network. Specific concerns around meeting new people and future employment were voiced. Conclusions: The adolescents described specific ways in which TS affects quality of life and social interactions, and the effort it can take to cope effectively with this condition. (Publisher abstract)

Journal article

Showcase for Boulders Indoor Climbing Centre

Author:
JENKINS Lyndsey
Journal article citation:
Llais, 109, Winter 2013/14, pp.17-18.
Publisher:
Learning Disability Wales

This article describes an event held at Boulders Indoor Climbing Centre in Cardiff to demonstrate how climbing is being used to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of a range of different users. It explains how the climbing has helped one 21 year old who sustained a brain trauma when he was 16 years old. The event also explained how Newport City Council's NEET Project uses Boulders as a way of engaging with young people. (Original abstract)

Journal article

The Stage Life: promoting the inclusion of young people through participatory arts

Authors:
STICKLEY Theodore, CROSBIE Brian, HUI Ada
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 40(4), December 2012, pp.251-258.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

This article discusses the “Stage Life” participatory arts programme for people attending a day services provision in Nottinghamshire. It was provided in a local disused cinema acquired by the local authority for community-based activities amongst disadvantaged groups. The Stage Life aimed to build the community arts capacity for young adults with learning disabilities by introducing approximately fifty people to participatory arts activities over a period of 2 years. A multimethod ethnographic approach was used to phenomenologically capture the impact of the Stage Life upon individuals’ lives, as well as capture people’s opinions and ideas regarding taking part in the activities. The research describes the effects upon people who were engaged with the programme. Positive benefits are reported both on a personal and on a social level. The authors concluded that joining in with arts activities helped people with learning disabilities to feel a part of the community.

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Support on the job

Author:
LITTLE Mathew
Journal article citation:
Children and Young People Now, 24.7.12, 2012, pp.22-23.
Publisher:
Haymarket Business Publications Ltd

Young people with special educational needs seeking jobs often come up against reluctant or inflexible employers. The Realistic Opportunities for Supported Employment Project (Rose) at Havering College of Further and Higher Education works with students with learning difficulties when they have finished Havering College courses, and actively seeks to find them paid employment. It uses job coaches to work alongside them in the first weeks of work. One young person explains how the Rose project has helped him. The article also draws parallels with the Rose project and the recently announced government supported internship pilot scheme.

Journal article

Heidi's and Philip's stories: transitions to post-secondary education

Authors:
WILSON Heidi, et al
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 40(2), June 2012, pp.87-93.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

This article describes the formative childhood and adolescent experiences of two Canadian young adults with learning disabilities, leading to their transitions from high school to university. The article describes their formative experiences in elementary and secondary school and the transition years that preceded university entry. Since its inception in 2004, the purpose of the Campus Life programme at the University of Manitoba in western Canada has been to create the supports necessary for adults with learning disabilities to attend university as part-time, undergraduate, auditing students. In addition to their academic learning, Heidi and Philip noted that they experienced more extensive friendship networks, greater self-sufficiency, and significant personal growth as university students. Finally, their recommendations to other young people with learning disabilities who aspire to higher education are detailed.

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