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Exploring learning disabilities: supporting belonging
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5.3 Living with my family

This final section of this session looks at the perspective of young people with learning disabilities living with their families. The statistics quoted in the introduction to this session showed that it is far more common for people with learning disabilities to remain with their families into adulthood than it is for non-disabled people – though this may be changing for millennials.

In the next activity you will hear Charlene, Cian, Terry, Dayo and Shaun, who you first met in Session 1, talking about living with their families.

Activity 6 Living with my family

Timing: Allow about 15 minutes.

First watch and listen to Charlene, Cian, Terry, Shaun and Dayo talk about living with their family. Then, using cut and paste, put the ideas they mention (shown in the box below) into Table 1 using the headings given.

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I love my family to bitsMy mum was over protective
I spend too much time with my familyI didn’t get the chance to go off to university
I’m always very close to my familyWhenever I go out they always call up to make sure I’m OK
My mum needs my help more than I need her helpThey don’t treat me like an adult
There isn’t much option for me to live independentlyMy mum is pretty chilled out
My mum was trying to hide me from societyMy gran taught me about the birds and the bees
My mum and my dad broke up, it completely went in reverse
Table 1 Views on living with family
I like living with my familyI don’t like living with my familyThings changed when …
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Table 1 Views on living with family (completed)
I like living with my familyI don’t like living with my familyThings changed when
I love my family to bitsMy mum was over protectiveMy mum needs my help more than I need her help
I’m always very close to my familyWe spend too much time togetherMum and dad broke up, it went completely into reverse
My mum is pretty chilled outI didn’t get the chance to go off to university 
Whenever I go out they call up to make sure I am OKMy mum was trying to hide me from society 
My gran taught me about the birds and the beesThey don’t treat me like an adult 
 There isn’t much option for me to live independently 
   

These responses are as mixed as you might expect, and easily as mixed as the family perspective.

Did you notice how family relationships change over time? Terry in particular spoke about this, as now that his mum is getting on she is in need of Terry’s help as well. The relationship is becoming more reciprocal, and better as a result.