You are here: HomeEducationMentors' experiences of using the Active Mentoring model to support older adults with intellectual disability to participate in community groups

Current CADR projects

Download a summary of our current projects;

We want to hear from you!

Help us improve the CADR clearing house

Mentors' experiences of using the Active Mentoring model to support older adults with intellectual disability to participate in community groups

Nathan J. Wilson, Christine Bigby, Roger J. Stancliffe, Susan Balandin, Diane Craig,

Academic Literature

2013

Background Social inclusion is a widely acknowledged goal; who is best positioned to provide support and how support is delivered are key questions. Using Active Mentoring training, members of community groups mentored a person with intellectual disability and supported their inclusion in that group. Methods Interviews with 14 mentors explored their experiences of supporting a previously unknown person with intellectual disability to participate in their community group. Findings The core theme was No Different From Us. Mentors saw beyond the disability, they valued others, were community leaders, and had intrinsic qualities. With some basic orientation to the task, mentors were able to support the inclusion of their mentee in the group. Conclusion Community members are willing to support people with intellectual disability to join their community groups. The Active Mentoring training is one way of harnessing the goodwill of community groups and their members to include people with intellectual disability to participate on an individual basis in community groups.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability

Location : North America

Domain/s: Education

green strip

Research to Action Guides

  • A Guide for disability practitioners, schools, employers and young people looking to make the transition from school to employment in Australia....
  • The Culturally Proficient Service Delivery Research to Action Guide has been developed to assist in the provision of accessible, appropriate and effective disab...