Support is a key feature in the lives of most people with learning disabilities and this research calls into question the relationships between people with learning disabilities and those people who are paid to support them.

In particular, this paper is interested in how paid carers promote autonomy in the residential setting of a care or group home and how the support provided is experienced by those whom they support.

The paper notes that support and control are difficult to negotiate for those with learning disabilities and those direct support staff that provide residential care. It is recognised that some people with learning disabilities require support in order to live a life in which they feel independent, while others cannot live independently because of the confines of their support. It is therefore the purpose of the research discussed in this paper to identify the challenges experienced by individuals as they attempt to lead autonomous lives within support agency settings.

Read more about the paper on The Learning Disability Elf.