'He is, after all, a young man' : Claiming ordinary lives for young adults with profound intellectual disabilities

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Mietola , R & Vehmas , S 2019 , ' 'He is, after all, a young man' : Claiming ordinary lives for young adults with profound intellectual disabilities ' , Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research , vol. 21 , no. 1 , pp. 120-128 . https://doi.org/10.16993/sjdr.590

Title: 'He is, after all, a young man' : Claiming ordinary lives for young adults with profound intellectual disabilities
Author: Mietola, Reetta; Vehmas, Simo
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Cultures
Date: 2019-05-21
Language: eng
Number of pages: 9
Belongs to series: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research
ISSN: 1501-7419
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/304545
Abstract: This paper discusses youth and the significance of age in the lives of persons with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities. The analysis is based on an ethnographic research project that explores what makes a good life for this group of people. The findings indicate that whilst the meaning and significance of youth and age were discussed often by care workers and family members, age had very little significance in the lives of our research participants. Youth as a phase of life gets lost in the transition from children's services to adult services: age in the lives of persons with profound intellectual disabilities means merely a move from one service system to another. For the care workers, age provides a way to evaluate and criticize the service system and whether it caters for the individual needs of persons with profound intellectual disabilities.
Subject: NORMALIZATION
PEOPLE
age
good life
lifelong learning
profound intellectual disability
youth
5144 Social psychology
516 Educational sciences
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