Advancing social inclusion in the neighbourhood for people with an intellectual disability: an exploration of the literature

T. Overmars-Marx, G.C.F. Thomese, M. Verdonschot, H. Meininger

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Abstract

The shift from segregated facilities to community settings did not automatically lead to social inclusion for people with an intellectual disability (ID). Policies are increasingly decentralized but little is known about the factors that are important to realize social inclusion in the neighbourhood. This literature study identifies five domains barriers and facilitators for social inclusion in the neighbourhood: individual characteristics, informal network, professional care, neighbourhood characteristics, and government policies. The findings suggest that social inclusion in the neighbourhood is a dynamic process that shows a series of complex interactions between environmental factors and personal characteristics to provide opportunities for people with an ID. It is recommended to include the perspectives of people with an ID and other neighbourhood residents in future research on social inclusion. Specific attention is needed for the role of neighbourhood social capital in achieving social inclusion in the neighbourhood. © 2013 © 2013 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-274
JournalDisability & Society
Volume29
Issue number2
Early online date1 Jul 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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