Very little research has been done on social inclusionfrom the perspective of people with intellectual disabilities,including perceived barriers and remedies. Focus groups were heldwith 68 persons, mostly tenants in supported living or sharedgroup homes. Qualitative data were obtained using a mix ofworkshop activities and small group discussions. Four mainbarriers were identified: lack of necessary knowledge and skills;role of support staff and service mangers; location of house; andcommunity factors such as lack of amenities and attitudes.Participants were able to identify a range of solutions for thesebarriers. Most of their proposals were in line with the aims ofcurrent government policy and good practice.These findingsreinforce the contribution individuals could make to the planningof local services for themselves and others.This advocacy has beenan essential element in reducing the social isolation of othermarginalized groups.
|Journal||Journal of Intellectual Disabilities|
|Publication status||Published (in print/issue) - 1 Jul 2006|