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 in
cuts and changes to services for people with IDD, potentially leading to
deficiencies in their social lives. This aspect of a wider study is to provide
empirical evidence regarding the experiences of parents of people with
Methods: Utilising a qualitative design, nine parents across three
geographical areas were qualitatively interviewed in depth about how they
felt their own and their son/daughter’s social lives had been affected by
cuts in services.
Results: Findings suggest that the nature of relationships with some
providers 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 their
son/daughter’s social network activities.
Implications: Empirical evidence of the experiences of parents of
people with IDD who experience cuts or loss to services can provide
policy-makers with a better understanding of the importance of social
networks to the lives of people with IDD, thereby influencing future
policy and practice
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)740-758
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disability Research
Issue number7
Early online date27 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2019
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


  • Parents
  • Families
  • austerity
  • intellectual disabilities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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