This authoritative book examines the very latest research and scholarship on the subject. Throughout the text, theory and research are linked to practice. The contributors provide a clear set of principles outlining how to work with parents with intellectual disabilities in ways that recognize family strengths and promote child and family well–being. Chapters are written by experts currently engaged either in academic study of the topic or as researcher–practitioners in the field of intellectual disabilities. Each one provides a brief overview of the development of ideas and literature pertinent to the chapter′s topic and concludes with principles drawn from the research to inform practice.
Written to reflect the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (United Nations, 2006), the book provides a crucial reference for students, practitioners and professionals engaged in this area.
Foreword (Steven J.Taylor).
Introduction (Gwynnyth Llewellyn, Rannveig Traustadóttir, David McConnell, and Hanna Björg Sigurjónsdóttir).
PART I FAMILY AND COMMUNITY LIFE
1. Becoming a Mother Becoming a Father (Rachel Mayes and Hanna Bjorg Sigurjónsdóttir).
2. Looking Back on Their Own Upbringing (Gwynnyth Llewellyn and David McConnell).
3. Family Within a Family (Hanna Björg Sigurjónsdóttir and Rannveig Traustadóttir).
4. Children and Their Life Experiences (Jytte Faureholm).
5. Understanding Community in the Lives of Parents with Intellectual Disabilities (Gwynnyth Llewellyn and Marie Gustavsson).
6. Citizenship and Community Participation (Brigit Mirfin–Veitch).
7. Parenting and Resistance: Strategies in Dealing with Services and Professionals (Rannveig Traustadóttir and Hanna Björg Sigurjónsdóttir).
PART II HUMAN SERVICES ENABLING AND DISABLING PARENTS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES
8. Parenting Education Programs (Maurice Feldman).
9. Supported Decision Making for Women with Intellectual Disabilities (Sue McGaw and Sue Candy).
10. Turning Policy Into Practice (Beth Tarleton).
11. Caught in the Child Protection Net (David McConnell and Hanna Björg Sigurjónsdóttir).
12. Turning Rights into Realities in Québec, Canada (Marjorie Aunos, Laura Pacheco, and Katherine Moxness).
13. Supporting Mothers Community Participation (David McConnell and Gwynnyth Llewellyn).
14. Advocacy for Change: The Final Tool in the Toolbox? (Linda Ward and Beth Tarleton).
Conclusion: Taking Stock and Looking to the Future (David McConnell, Gwynnyth Llewellyn, Rannveig Traustadóttir and Hanna Björg Sigurjónsdóttir).
"Parents With Intellectual Disabilities: Past, Present and Futures is thought provoking worth reading for those working with families with intellectual disabilities." (PsycCRITIQUES, February 2011)