The rights of individuals with disability to parenthood

Karen McKenzie, Laura Shewan, Suzanne Wilson

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The issue of parenting for people with an intellectual disability (IDD) is complex. On the one hand there is recognition that people with IDD have the same rights as others to parent. On the other, it is apparent that the term ‘intellectual disability’ is applied to a heterogeneous group of people, some of whom will not have the capacity or ability to parent effectively, even with additional support. There has been a growing body of research, which has explored the needs of this group of parents. The present chapter will provide an historical context for the attitudes and behaviours towards parents with IDD. This will be followed by an exploration of current research on how parents with ID are viewed and supported, before outlining what parents with IDD themselves say about their parenting role and support needs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities across the Lifespan
EditorsI. Leslie Rubin, Joav Merrick, Donald E. Greydanus, Dilip R. Patel
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Print)9783319180953
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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