- • This study is about the life stories of six older people with Down’s syndrome who spent some part of their childhoods in institutionalised settings.
- • They have interesting and moving stories to tell about their lives. They talked about their childhood and current lives, their likes and dislikes, their strengths and difficulties and their hopes and dreams. They also spoke about the important people in their lives.
- • The participants did not talk about themselves as being ‘old’, ‘disabled’ or as having ‘Down’s syndrome’. They talked about themselves in other ways, such as being ‘normal’, being a ‘man’ or a ‘beautiful lady’.
- • The researcher learnt about herself whilst doing this study. She learned about the value of taking time to listen to people and she reflected on her own life story.