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ERIC Number: EJ906605
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1935-3308
The Social Inclusion of Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: A Phenomenology of Their Experiences
Hall, Sarah A.
Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, v4 n1 p24-40 2009
The purpose of this phenomenological study was to describe the social inclusion of young adults with intellectual disabilities. Participants included 14 adults from 21 to 35 years of age with a mild or moderate intellectual disability who were able to verbally communicate their thoughts and experiences. I ensued with open-ended questions about their involvement in activities, relationships, and sense of belonging. The findings consisted of themes and descriptions of their experiences of social inclusion. The themes included living accommodations and transportation, work and volunteer experiences, involvement in activities, relationships and social interactions, sense of belonging, social roles, and influential factors. I wrote descriptions of their experiences to understand how to enhance the social inclusion of young adults with intellectual disabilities. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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