Exploring the evidence: lessons for transitions from research findings

Author: Mir, Dr Ghazala

Publisher: Centre for Health and Social Care

Event: Conference: Yes We Can! London, 19 January 2010

Publication date: January 2010



An overview of research on ethnicity and learning disabilities in past 10 years. There is expectation for the planning and communication process and transition review plans to take on board ethnicity needs. But evidence shows the majority of young people with learning disabilities leave school with no transition plans. Whilst young people see themselves and their families as having a key role in the planning, this is not happening in practice resulting in their marginalisation and isolation. Interaction between parent and the service provider is key to effective transition planning. Cultural competency: ethnic profile of staff, meaningful communication, language support, as well as ensuring families are aware of services and involving families, are some ways of improving transitions.