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ERIC Number: EJ815712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1184-0412
Social Supports in Inclusive Settings: An Essential Component to Community Living
Irvine, Angela; Lupart, Judy
Developmental Disabilities Bulletin, v34 n1-2 p107-126 2006
Inclusion has increased the participation rates of individuals with disabilities in school, employment and recreation activities. Proper supports are needed in these environments to encourage adequate self-esteem and successful social interactions. Without positive social interactions, individuals may experience loneliness and isolation that could negatively affect emotional and physical health. This project provides insight into the inclusive experiences of persons with developmental disabilities through in-depth interviews. The data showed that social supports (i.e., family, peers, and church) are an essential component of successful community living. A rural advantage was evident, in that the community as a whole acted as an informal support system. (Contains 1 table.)
J.P. Das Developmental Disabilities Centre. 6-102 Education North, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-4505; Fax: 780-492-1318; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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