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‘It's pretty hard with our ones, they can't talk, the more able bodied can participate’: staff attitudes about the applicability of disability policies to people with severe and profound intellectual disabilities

Bigby, C., Clement, T., Mansell, J., Beadle-Brown, J.,

2009

This paper presents findings from two studies which examined staff attitudes and their impact on the outcomes for residents with intellectual disabilities(ID) in community-based residential services.

The first study used ethnographic and action research methods to examine the daily lives of 25 residents with severe and profound ID, who lived in five small group homes, and the attitudes of the staff supporting them. Data shows that although staff accept principles of inclusion, choice and participation for people with ID in general, they do not consider it feasible to apply these to the people with severe and profound ID. The second study used a group comparison design and administered a short questionnaire about staff attitudes to direct-care staff and first-line managers working in disability services. It confirmed this hypothesis.

More attention is needed to staff understanding the values embedded in current policies and their application to people with more severe disabilities.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Journal of Intellectual Disability Research

Location : International

Domain/s: Housing and the built environment, Safety and security

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