"I hope he dies before me": caring for ageing children with intellectual disabilities and "against the odds": parents with intellectual disabilities

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The law plays an important role in setting the framework within which social services operate. It specifies and regulates the rights, duties and obligations of its participants. It provides mechanisms and institutions for clarifying and defining entitlements, and resolving disputes. It provides protection for organisations and individuals against abuse, exploitation and injustice. This study examines the current role and potential of the law in two vital areas of services and support for people with intellectual disabilities. First, for ageing parents of an intellectuallydisabled adult. Second, for intellectually disabled adults who wish to have a family of their own. The family is recognized as a central institution of Australian society. How well does the law assist families who have a member with a disability?

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