Services for young people with learning difficulties are often
not meeting the needs of those from a south Asian background
according to a new study.
More than a quarter of young people in the study had received no
post-school provision. They were at home all day, often with little
Many parents spoke little English and had difficulties accessing
the support that is available.
The Aasha project, funded by the Diana Princess of Wales
Memorial Fund, found that most of the 95 young people identified
themselves primarily according to their ethnicity. Many strongly
resisted any suggestion that they had a disability or learning
They also saw their own identity as being closely linked to
Service providers need to understand that their goal for people
with learning difficulties of independence from the family may not
always be appropriate to young people from south Asian cultures,
says the project.
Aasha: working with young people with a learning difficulty from
a south Asian background. Copies available from Skill, tel 0207 450
0648, email firstname.lastname@example.org