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“We feel left out”: Experiences of social inclusion from the perspective of young adults with intellectual disability

J. Merrells, A. Buchanan, C. Bigby,

Academic Literature

2017

Background Few studies discuss social inclusion from the voice and perspective of young adults with intellectual disability who have been lifelong recipients of individualised community-based coordination and services focusing on inclusion and participation. It is important to understand the perspective of people with an intellectual disability how they experience and perceive social inclusion within their own lives. Method Ten participants aged 18 to 24 years diagnosed with intellectual disability living in the community alone, or with their family, participated. All received long-term individualised community-based coordination and services. They were interviewed about how they spend their time, form relationships, and feel included. A phenomenological approach was used with a thematic analysis to form codes from transcripts into two major themes. Results Young adults within this study experienced feelings of segregation and exclusion from community. Participants experienced trouble finding employment and were frequently bored. Social interactions were mainly with family and others with a disability in formal programs. Conclusions Despite being long-term recipients of individualised community-based coordination the young adults discussed significant experiences of segregation and exclusion impacting negatively on their lives. © 2017 Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability, Inc.

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Journal/Publication : Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability

Domain/s: Economic participation

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