Community Involvement of Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: Their Experiences and Perspectives on Inclusion

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Abstract

Background: Inclusion in the community is essential to enhancing a person's quality of life. Although people with intellectual disabilities have a desire to be more involved in activities, they experience barriers that limit their inclusion. Methods: The purpose of this study was to describe the community involvement of young adults with intellectual disability. I interviewed fourteen young adults with intellectual disability to explore their involvement in work, recreation and leisure activities. Findings: Four themes emerged from the data: vocational endeavours, leisure pursuits, social inclusion and supports. The contexts of their experiences either facilitated or hindered their community involvement. Conclusions: The community involvement of young adults with intellectual disability varies depending on the opportunities and supports available to them. Their inclusion in the community may be enhanced by additional transportation options, continuing education in vocational and social skills, personalized guidance from group members and environments that are welcoming to people with disabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)859-871
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • community participation
  • intellectual disabilities
  • social inclusion

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