The experiences of caring for children with intellectual disabilities: Perspectives from caregivers selected from special schools in Ashanti Region of Ghana

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Authors: Mprah Wisdom Kwadwo, Acheampong Enoch, and Bediako Joseph
Page Range: 263-269
Published in: International Journal on Disability and Human Development, Volume 17 Issue 2
ISSN: 2191-1231

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ABSTRACT

The relevance of caregiving cannot be overlooked as long as people are getting older, contracting chronic illness, having disabilities and certain protracted ailments. This study sought to explore the challenges facing caregivers of children with intellectual disability in three selected special schools in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Methods: A qualitative exploratory study was carried out in which simple random and purpose sampling techniques were used. In-depth interview was used to collect data. Data transcription was done using the notes taken during the interview and comparing it with information recorded on audio tapes. Dominant themes were developed and coded through data-led approach and have been presented as the major findings. Results: The study revealed that children with intellectual disability tend to forget what they are taught the previous day. The absence of incentives such as risk and overtime allowance affects house mothers. Conclusion: It is recommended that stakeholders should provide more facilities such as classrooms and dormitories for special schools and revise and improve the conditions of service of staff of special schools.

Keywords: Caregivers, caregiving, challenges, intellectual disability, Ghana

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