Support needs and trajectories of young adults with disabilities

01 September 2023 → 31 December 2024
Regional and community funding: various
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • Disabilities and developmental disorders
    • Family support
    • Special needs education
children with a disability adolescence future planning services and support
Project description

For many individuals, young adulthood represents the formative phase par excellence, where one hopes to lay the foundations for the rest of life. Whereas in adolescence one can still dream of the future, then in young adulthood one tries to turn those dreams into reality. For many young people, that means figuring out in good time what they want in terms of work or education, but also how they need to find and navigate their way through relationships with friends, family and strangers, how to spend their free time, where they will live and how they will do it, ... In that quest, a (suspected) disability1 brings additional challenges to all those questions with it. 

Having and keeping an open view on the future, both in terms of the wishes and possibilities of the young adult with a (suspected) disability and the opportunities offered by society for this target group, is a prerequisite for offering young adults the same development opportunities as peers without disabilities. With this study, we want to gain insight into the access that young adults with disabilities have to support and tools for future planning and preparation, in order to subsequently realise support planning during the adolescent phase or transition phase into adulthood, as well as the longer-term support they need as adults.