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'My grandchild has a disability': Impact on grandparenting identity, roles and relationships

This research explores if and how having a grandchild with a disability influences grandparents' sense of identity and enactment of the grandparent role. Using qualitative purposive sampling,...

'Part of our world': Influences on caregiver decisions about communication choices for children with hearing loss

Caregivers of young children with hearing loss make decisions about which communication mode/s and spoken language/s their children and family will use. Influences on decision-making about...

"Lost in the crowd": issues confronting adults with intellectual disabilities and their family members

This paper reports on the process and outcomes of a small qualitative study which identifies the issues for people to determine what services might be more suitable to support adults with an intellectual disability.

"We can talk while we're walking": seeking the views of adults with intellectual disability to inform a walking and social-support program

To better understand how physical activity programs may contribute to improved health and social-support outcomes for people with intellectual disability, the authors conducted semistructured...

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

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

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

BackgroundThe 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...

“So that's the way it is for me — always being left out.” Acquired Pragmatic Language Impairment and Social Functioning following Traumatic Brain Injury

The aim of this paper is to review pragmatic language impairment in the context of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and detail its impact on social functioning from the perspectives of people with TBI.

A comparative study of the level of performance of students with vision impairment and sighted peers in adaptive behaviour within the regular school context

This paper presents a comparative analysis of skills and performance of students with a vision impairment and sighted students. Results showed no significant differences between the two groups of students.

A cross-cultural exploration of the everyday social participation of individuals with autism spectrum disorders in Australia and Taiwan: An experience sampling study

Individuals with an autism spectrum disorder commonly have limited social participation. This study aimed to examine the similarities and differences of everyday participation among males and...

A descriptive examination of the types of relationships formed between children with developmental disability and their closest peers in inclusive school settings

This study examined patterns of relationships between children with developmental disability and others such as peers, teachers and parents in inclusive school settings. While reports of general friendship and acquaintance were common, those of more intimate relationships were limited.

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