“I’m A Man Now”
A bit of an unusual post from me. It’s an interactive post. This is a shout out for your assistance.
Ever since I devoted a chapter to the subject in Get Steven Home, I have been interested in the developmental hurdle that lots of our young learning disabled/autistic sons and daughters encounter around 16 to 18. I have put out calls for anyone with an academic background to do some research into this subject. I have written umpteen blogs, musing the question.
A few weeks back, I had a dream where I woke up with the overpowering message “supposing nothing happens”. Certainly, nothing beyond the normal experience of any 16 to 18 year old. How comes so many people end in ATUs, or worse, dead?
I’ve decided to devote my next publication to the topic. At the moment it is still very much in the forming up stage but I see, at least, three key sections to the book:
- What does a “normal” post 18 life look like for someone with autism or learning disabilities.
- What happens when the world of adult social care enters your life?
- How does the medicalization of someone with autism or learning disabilities map out their future?
What I would like is to include your stories in the book. If you have been affected by any, or all of the three areas that I mention above, I would be delighted to hear from you. If you would like to contribute to the publication, please email me your contact details and I promise to get back in touch. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
From → Social Care