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“She's been involved in everything as far as I can see”: Supporting the active participation of people with intellectual disability in community groups

Diane Craig, Christine Bigby,

Academic Literature

2014

The social processes that operate in community groups need to be better understood if people with intellectual disability are to be included in such groups.

This study aimed to identify the nature and impact of the group processes on the active participation of people with intellectual disability.

Active participation was found to be influenced by the interaction of 5 key social processes: leadership response, characteristics of the participants with intellectual disability, access to expertise, the presence of an integrating activity, and dealing with the difference dilemma.

By revealing these processes, the study identified a number of interventions and ways of approaching community groups that have the potential to increase the extent to which people with moderate levels of impairment become active participants.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Community and civic participation, Social relationships

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