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Active citizens or passive recipients: How Australian young adults with cerebral palsy define citizenship

Yeung, Polly, Passmore, Anne, Packer, Tanya,

Academic Literature

2008

Background: Citizenship participation by young adults has reciprocal benefits both for the individual and for society. This paper provides an insight into the ways young people with cerebral palsy (CP) perceive their citizenship experiences, and also examines factors which may influence citizenship participation for this group.

Method: Qualitative methodology was used to explore perceptions of citizenship experiences in young people with CP. Nine participants (aged 18–30 years), were interviewed using a semi‐structured interview format.

Results: Four themes emerged: (i) contribution, (ii) inclusion, (iii) equal opportunity, and (iv) a barrier‐free context.

Conclusion: The nine participants indicated that they aspired to make a contribution to society, play an active role, be accepted by others, and live with dignity and respect, as well as pursue their dreams and passions.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Community and civic participation

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