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Having a voice that counts?

Research project Even though Swedish law state that disability services shall promote full participation in community life, previous research show that people with intellectual disabilities often lack possibilities to participation and to exercise real influence in their life.

People with intellectual disabilities experience a living situation with limited access to resources, limitations that arise due to structural, cultural and/or individual conditions. In order to counter this, people with intellectual disabilities have right to support and service by LSS (1993: 387). According to LSS, measurements should i.e. promote full participation in community life. However, previous research shows that people with intellectual disabilities often feel that they lack possibility to participation and to exercise real influence in their life, with other words, to have a voice that counts. The aim of this project is to study opportunities for influence and self-determination, especially in relation to daily activities and leisure-related assistance for persons with intellectual disabilities.

Project overview

Project period

2015-01-01 2016-12-31

Funding

Swedish Research Counciul for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2015-2016: SEK 1,600,000

Research subject

Social work