Working Alongside People with Intellectual and Learning Disabilities

Parents with Intellectual Disabilities

Healthy Start is funded to support parents with learning disabilities and works with University of Sydney and the Parenting Research Centre
Healthy Start have a great range of resources and information available online regarding supporting parents who have an intellectual disability. Please take the time to explore their website.


BOLD Network: WWILD supports the BOLD Network (Better Outcomes for Parents with Intellectual Disabilities), a group of professionals and organisations seeking social change for parents with intellectual disabilities in Queensland, to keep their families together where possible. For more information about the BOLD Network, call WWILD.


Man, N., Llewellyn, G., & Wade, C. (July 2014). Estimated Prevalence and Living Circumstances of Parents with Intellectual Disability in Australia from Selected National Surveys: Technical Report 1. Lidcombe, NSW: University of Sydney, available at

Norah Fry Research Centre (2006). Providing the Right Support- an evaluation of the North Eastern Parent Support service and Walsall Parents Advocacy service- Executive Summary. Norah Fry Research Centre, University of Bristol. Bristol: UK. 8 pgs.

Lamont, A. (n.d). Presentation on Parental Intellectual Disability and Child Protection: Key Issues. National Child Protection Clearinghouse. Australian Government Australian Institute of Family Studies. ACT,

McConnell, D., Llewellyn, G. And Ferronato, L. (2000). Parents with a Disability and the NSW Children’s Court. The Family Support and Services Project. The University of Sydney: Sydney NSW. 105 pgs.

Tarleton, B., Ward, L. and Howarth, J. (2006). Finding the right support? A review of the issues and positive practice when supporting parents with learning difficulties and their children. The Baring Foundation. London: United Kingdom. 124 pgs.

Walker, C. and Smith, R. (2007). Presentation on Working together when parents have learning disabilities. Presented at the Working Together with Parents Network 21st June 2007: Bristol United Kingdom. 23 pgs.

McConnell, D., Dalziel, A., Llewellyn, G., Laidlaw, K. and Hindmarsh, G. (2008). Strengthing the social relationships of mothers with learning difficulties. British journal of Learning Disabilities(37). Pp 66-75.  

Mildon, R. and Mathews, J. (n.d). Best practice in parenting education- Understanding and Supporting Parents with Learning Difficulties. Victorian Government Department of Human Services, Victorian Parenting Centre: Carlton, VIC. 28 pgs.

Munford, R, Sanders, J, Veitch, BM & Conder, J 2008, ‘Looking inside the bag of tools: creating research encounters with parents with an intellectual disability’, Disability and Society, 23, pp. 337-347.


WWILD Sexual Violence Prevention Program is funded by the Department of Communities, QLD. & the WWILD Victims of Crime Disability Training Program is funded by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General, QLD

WWILD Phone: (07) 3262 9877 Email: Address: 211 Hudson Road, WOOLOOWIN QLD 4030 Contact hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm