Inclusion International, London, United Kingdom, 2017
Around the world, families are the main source of support for people with intellectual disabilities. Often, it is families that are the key to facilitating their sons’ and daughters’ inclusion in community and securing their rights. Families value this role and reject a charitable approach that views them as being “burdened” by disability. They embrace their role but lack support, networks and supportive communities. This leaves them feeling isolated and alone. Supports to families should not be seen in isolation or as a replacement to supports to individuals. For families supporting a family member with an intellectual disability, the best support is ensuring the inclusion, starting in the early years, of our sons and daughters in all aspects of our communities – specifically inclusive education for children and employment opportunities for adults.