In this study we evaluated the long-term impact of a project in which families were individually supported in the realisation of personal future plans in the city of Almere, the Netherlands (2004–2006).
We used fourth-generation evaluation principles. Data collection consisted of semistructured interviews with family members and adults with intellectual disability as well as focus groups with both groups. Photovoice was used as a strategy to engage 4 young adults with Down syndrome in the research. The results of the photovoice were presented to the community at a town hall meeting. The data were coded and common themes were created.
The majority of the participants evaluated the project as having a positive impact on their quality of life.
The results of the study support individual future planning for young adults with intellectual disability and their families in the transition to adulthood.
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Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 2016, 41 (4): 299-310.