Young People with Cognitive Disability: Relationships and paid support

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Young People with Cognitive Disabilities in a group setting
Young People with Cognitive Disability. Photo: Supplied

The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme is a watershed in Australian disability policy. Understanding the role that paid support plays in the ongoing identity development of young people with cognitive disability is urgently needed to realise national policy aspirations of rights, choice, inclusion and independence.

This research led by Southern Cross University aims to improve the rights and wellbeing of these young people by exploring their relationships with paid support workers. Using social geography and recognition theory, the project will result in new understanding and improved practice around how paid support relationships can foster mutual care, respect and valuing at a critically important time in young people’s lives.

Funding Agency:    

Australian Research Council

Non-Staff Involved:

Sally Robinson (lead CI), Anne Graham, Kate Neale and Jaimsie Speeding (CCYP); Gordon Duff (National Disability Services); Michael Henman (NSW Government Family & Community Services); Ruth Callaghan (The Northcott Society); Ed Hall (University of Dundee, UK)

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Research Involving Children and Young People with Disability website

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