Wellcome Trust Engaging Science funding enabled Mind the Gap, in collaboration with Royal Holloway University of London to conduct a small-scale research programme that backed up the limited body of literature in this field.
Dr Kate Theodore’s research showed that people with learning disabilities are increasingly becoming parents, but face multiple disadvantages, including social disadvantage and inappropriate assessments. Barriers include a negative cycle whereby parents with learning disabilities recognise the need for support, but don’t receive right type, or are reluctant to ask for fear of being perceived as “incompetent” or “not good enough”. Download the Research Report below.
Daughters of Fortune: Stories of Parents with Learning Disabilities by Dr Kate Theodore, Lecturer – Royal Holloway University of London