Life on the edge: The experiences of people with a learning disability who do not use specialist services

Ken Simons

A wide range of services is available for people with learning difficulties and research involving these services is typically concerned with their impact on this specific group of individuals, and the support they provide to them.

This report relates the experiences of those people with learning disabilities who are not using specialist services, and examines the range of ambiguities and complexities involved for people living their lives on the edge of services intended to include them. The report suggests ways in which these individuals might be more comprehensively supported to live independent and fulfilling lives, considering the practice and policy implications that stem from this research, raising many of these issues in a UK context, and setting them against impending policy reforms.