Parents’ views on the impact of austerity on the social lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Rachel Harrison, Rachel Forrester-Jones, Michelle McCarthy

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Introduction: UK austerity policies of the last decade have resulted incuts and changes to services for people with IDD, potentially leading todeficiencies in their social lives. This aspect of a wider study is to provideempirical evidence regarding the experiences of parents of people withIDD.Methods: Utilising a qualitative design, nine parents across threegeographical areas were qualitatively interviewed in depth about how theyfelt their own and their son/daughter’s social lives had been affected bycuts in services.Results: Findings suggest that the nature of relationships with someproviders and funders has changed from collaborative to combative.Parents reported feeling too exhausted to support their own or their son/daughter’s social network. Parents reported not being able to fund theirson/daughter’s social network activities.Implications: Empirical evidence of the experiences of parents ofpeople with IDD who experience cuts or loss to services can providepolicy-makers with a better understanding of the importance of socialnetworks to the lives of people with IDD, thereby influencing futurepolicy and practice.Keywords Austerity, parents, social, relationships
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)750
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disability Research
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventInternational Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSID) World Congress, Glasgow, UK 6-9 Aug 2019: IASSID Future4All - Scottish Event Campus (SEC) Glasgow, Glasgow, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Aug 20199 Aug 2019


  • families
  • Intellectual Disability
  • austerity
  • parents

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