Independent Living of Individuals with an Intellectual Disability: The Parents’ Perspective

By Ioanna Dimitriadou and Lefkothea Kartasidou.

Published by The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities

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Independence and independent living (IL) in reference to individuals with an intellectual disability (ID) has only recently been taken up as a research domain in Greece. As a consequence, there is a lack of research data and educational approaches in the Greek special education system on this issue. Since individuals with an ID and their parents are the main stakeholders of any educational approach concerning independence and independent living, the aim of this exploratory research was to explore their views towards the above mentioned issues. A survey questionnaire was designed and disseminated to 65 parents of individuals with an ID from postsecondary special educational support settings in the region of Thessaloniki, Greece. The results agree with other international literature. Results are discussed in terms of their implications for the design and implementation of respective programs in the Greek and other similar educational settings and support services.

Keywords: Independent Living, Support Systems, Parents, Intellectual Disability

International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, Volume 20, Issue 3, May 2014, pp.77-89. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 20, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 500.578KB)).

Dr Ioanna Dimitriadou

PhD Student, Department of Educational and Social Policy, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, North Greece, Greece

Ioanna Dimitriadou is special educator teacher and a Ph.d student in the field of Special Education at the Department of Educational and Social Policy at the University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki, Greece). She has a Β.Α. in special education, in the Department of Educational and Social Policy at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki and a Master degree in Special Education. She is working as a teacher in special education settings (8 years of experience) and has worked as a volunteer teacher in institutes for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Greece.

Dr. Lefkothea Kartasidou

Assistant Professor of Special Education, Dept of Educational and Social Policy, University of Macedonia, Thesaloniki, North Greece, Greece

Lefkothea Kartasidou is Assistant Professor of Special Education at the Department of Educational and Social Policy (Thessaloniki, Greece). She has a Β.Α. in Preschool Education, Department of Preschool Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Ph.D. in Special Education, University of Cologne, Germany. She has worked as a music teacher in conservatoire and in Music High School in Greece and as a kindergartner in public schools and special schools.