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Supporting the woman, supporting the mother: Examining the interface between the NDIS and family support services for mothers with intellectual disability in New South Wales
This project looked at how services are supporting mothers with intellectual disability to care for their children. Although disability support is funded through the NDIS, family support is a State Government responsibility. This research looked at how the NDIS identified and supports needs of mothers with intellectual disability, and how this integrates with NSW State Government early intervention family support services.
Contrary to widespread and ableist assumptions about their parenting incapacity, women with intellectual disability can and do parent successfully when they receive timely and appropriately-delivered supports, combined with informal assistance from family, friends and/or allies. As women are typically the primary caregivers of children, the primary research focus is on mothers; however, these findings have broad relevance for all parents with intellectual disability.
The study uncovered barriers to service integration in NSW and proposed national research to address them.
University of Sydney
University of New South Wales
FAMS provides support and advocacy for early intervention services for vulnerable children and families across NSW
WASH House is a community-based organisation working with women and girls impacted by poverty, social disadvantage and violence in Western Sydney
People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is a national disability rights, advocacy and representative organisation led by people with disability
Dr Susan Collings (Lead Investigator) University of Sydney
Dr Margaret Spencer, University of Sydney
Dr Gabrielle Hindmarsh, University of New South Wales
Dr Nikki Wedgwood, University of Sydney
Ms Julie Hourigan Ruse, Chief Executive Officer, FAMS
Catherine White, Acting Executive Officer, WASH House
Ms Leonie Hazleton, Project Manager, People with Disability Australia