Involving people with intellectual disability in setting priorities for building community inclusion at a local government level

Sally Robinson, Phillippa Carnemolla, Kiri Lay, Jack Kelly

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Abstract

Background: Local governments play an important role in supporting people with intellectual disability to feel included in their local communities and local-level inclusion is an increasing priority for councils and local authorities in many countries. However, people with intellectual disability themselves have had little involvement in setting the priorities for initiatives and activities in their local communities. In the project, we wanted to know what kinds of initiatives were being implemented and what people with intellectual disability felt was important about these activities in their local communities. In this paper, we explore how the involvement of people with intellectual disability has shaped the outcomes of the review and implications for research and practice. Methods: We completed a review of local-level inclusion-building initiatives. We translated the results into accessible formats and our inclusive research team used these to involve six people with intellectual disability in New South Wales, Australia, in exploring their priorities around kinds of activities, quality and depth of inclusion in their local communities. Findings: The data showed that people wanted to share their deep, rich insights and questions about the things that drive inclusion and exclusion—not only their views about the effectiveness of particular kinds of activities. Conclusions: Implications for future policy and practice are that consultation should not be framed narrowly, but invite people with intellectual disability into conversation about change-making at community and societal levels, as well as seeking their views on specific initiatives and activities. This opens up new opportunities to respond to the priorities of people with intellectual disability in local community-building.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-375
Number of pages12
JournalBritish Journal of Learning Disabilities
Volume50
Issue number3
Early online date22 Mar 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2022

Keywords

  • intellectual disability
  • leisure and recreation
  • research
  • social interaction

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