The quest for ongoing support by parents of learners with intellectual disabilities

  • Maximus Monaheng Sefotho University of South Africa
  • Ronél Ferreira UP
  • Bernard Bongani Lushozi Albertina Sisulu Centre
Keywords: Intellectual disability, diagnosis, inclusive education, need for support


Background: In this article researchers explore the need for ongoing support when raising children with intellectual disability. The aims of this study were: (i) to explore experiences of support offered to parents of learners with intellectual disability in Soweto; and (ii) to evaluate how support services affect parent perceptions and expectations of their children’s futures.

Method: Thirty-five parents of learners from four schools diagnosed with intellectual disability were purposefully selected to participate in this qualitative research, with one focus group discussion administered at each school.

Results: Findings highlight parents’ concern about their children’s future when exiting the school system. Further to this, findings emphasise the need for ongoing support in multiple aspects throughout the various developmental stages of the child’s life.

Conclusion: Researchers propose a framework for coordinated support, which may serve to guide parents.



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