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Don't box me in: Disability, Identity and Transitions to Young Adult Life

Executive Summary

This report is an executive summary of the findings of a follow-up study on thetransitional experiences of ten young learning disabled adults who, as children, had participated in a family support study ten years previously (Kelly, 2003, 2005, 2007). An overview of the background to the study and methodological approach is presented followed by a summary of the key research findings under seven main themes: transitions and person-centred planning; key worker role and access to adult services; supporting parents in transition; participation and advocacy; social exclusion; emotional wellbeing and identity; and post-school options. Recommendations for the future development of policy and practice are also provided for each of these themes.