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Attitudes towards the sexuality of adults with an intellectual disability: parents, support staff, and a community sample

This study explored the attitudes of parents, carers of adults with intellectual disability and the general community toward the sexuality of adults with intellectual disability.

Australia's welfare 2009: The ninth biennial welfare report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report provides statistics and related information concerning topics such as families, ageing, disability and housing, as well as an outline of the development of welfare-related information and statistics during the 2-year period to June 2009.

Auto-titrating continuous positive airway pressure treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea after acute quadriplegia (COSAQ): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

BACKGROUND: Quadriplegia is a severe, catastrophic injury that predominantly affects people early in life, resulting in lifelong physical disability. Obstructive sleep apnoea is a direct...

Barriers and promoters of participation in facilitated peer support groups for carers of children with special needs

BACKGROUND: Social support is essential for physical and mental health and well-being. Evidence indicates that social and peer support is particularly important and beneficial for the well-being...

Biographical disruption: Experiences of mothers of adults assessed for autism spectrum disorder

Background Little is known about the experiences of parents whose sons or daughters are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) during adulthood. Method In this exploratory study, 6 mothers...

Body image and physical disability—personal perspectives

This study explored the body image concerns of people with a physical disability. It found that bodily impairment had a negative influence on their mental health. However, they gradually adjust to their different bodies and increasingly accept their disabilities over time.

Body mass index in ambulatory children with cerebral palsy: A cohort study

AIM: Children with cerebral palsy (CP) have reduced levels of physical activity compared with children without physical disability and experience risk factors for becoming overweight or obese. In...

Brief report: Sexual attraction and relationships in adolescents with autism

Past research suggests more variation in sexual attraction in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) using clinical samples. This study utilised a population representative group of 14/15 year olds from...

Building belonging and connection for children with disability and their families: A co-designed research and community development project in a regional community

Belonging and connection of children with disability and their families are contested and fragile in many regional communities. This article reports on a project that aimed to better understand...

Caregivers of people with neurodegenerative diseases: Profile and unmet needs from a population-based survey in South Australia

This is a cross-sectional, whole of population study conducted in South Australia. Data were analysed to determine the profile and unmet care needs of people who identify as having provided care for a person who died an expected death from NDDs.

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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...