We all long for a life of purpose and fulfillment. Striving for high quality of life for us and those we care for is a powerful motivator. Many busy people dream of being lazy by a pool fanned by a soft summer breeze, but this does not last. A short time of rest and replenishment is quickly replaced by boredom and a sense of purposelessness. Quality of life is much deeper than material comfort, though this has a role. Sadly in our world today, many people live lives lacking in meaning and value: the unemployed, the underemployed, those with disabilities who would like to contribute to society but are deprived the opportunity. Their quality of life is not what it could be.
In this book, we have attempted to provide examples of how people face challenges, and the family members, professionals and care personnel who support them can be helped and supported through services working within a quality of life framework. The book provides a challenge to be addressed by the individual, their families, local communities, governments, international organizations and the society at large. (Nova)
“If one is looking for an in-depth insight into the manifold aspects of the concept of quality of life, I would strongly commend the book Quality of Life and Intellectual Disability
, for its encyclopaedic scope, perceptive contributions and immediate relevance to the field of intellectual disability. It merits an easily accessible place on the bookshelf of all practitioners who actively seek ways to enhance the quality of life of people with an intellectual disability.” - Reviewed by Dr. Robin Jackson, Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Learning Disability Studies University of Hertfordshire, UK
"Learning how all people with disabilities can achieve the highest quality of life possible is the next great challenge. This book provides an exciting action plan to make it happen." - Reviewed by Dr. Paul Pagliano, Associate Professor, School of Education, James Cook University, Australia
This book has also been reviewed by the following people:
, M.A., researcher and counsellor who is committed to providing opportunities for marginalized voices to share their experiences - reviewed in the International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies
Seth M. Keller
, MD, Co-Chair NTG, Past President AADMD. To read the review, click here.
, Emeritus Professor of Special Needs Education, University of Manchester, UN consultant on disability and education. To read the review, click here.
, Adjunct Professor, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. To read the review, click here.