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Tait, Kathleen; Hussain, Rafat; Wark, Stuart; Fung, Francis – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2020
Background: This study investigated perceived quality of life (QoL) of community-dwelling middle-aged adults (30-50 years) with an intellectual disability and/or developmental disability living in rural or urban areas in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia. The specific aim of the current paper was to provide a descriptive evidence base of…
Descriptors: Quality of Life, Aging (Individuals), Adults, Intellectual Disability
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Lutz, Deborah; Fisher, Karen R.; Robinson, Sally – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2016
Inclusive research is an increasing expectation to value and include people's voice in research and evaluations intended to benefit them. The active participation of people with communication support needs can be difficult due to the practical constraints of evaluations. One technique is to engage with workers who are familiar with the person, but…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Interviews, Research, Participation
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Wark, Stuart; Canon-Vanry, Miranda; Ryan, Peta; Hussain, Rafat; Knox, Marie; Edwards, Meaghan; Parmenter, Marie; Parmenter, Trevor; Janicki, Matthew; Leggatt-Cook, Chez – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2015
Background: Access to support services in rural areas is known to be problematic both in Australia, and in other countries around the world, but the majority of research on the population of people ageing with learning disability has so far focussed on metropolitan residents. The authors report about select aspects of the lived experience of older…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Intellectual Disability, Aging (Individuals), Older Adults
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Harrington, Caitlin; Foster, Michele; Rodger, Sylvia; Ashburner, Jill – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2014
This study draws on the first author's doctoral research on the mainstream schooling experiences of young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their parents in Queensland, Australia. The aims are to share some of the practical strategies that were adapted and developed to engage the young people in the research and to critically reflect…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Mainstreaming
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Boodle, Anna; Ellem, Kathy; Chenoweth, Lesley – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2014
People with an intellectual disability in prison can be at increased risk of victimisation, segregation and isolation (Mullen ). Prison systems usually have very few resources to cater to this group's particular needs, and many people may re-enter the community with little or no rehabilitation, poor social connections, poor mental health and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Correctional Institutions, Institutionalized Persons, Mental Retardation
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Borsay, Clare – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2013
Estimates suggest that around a quarter of adults with learning disabilities living in the community have difficulties controlling their anger. Angry or aggressive behaviour can have serious repercussions, including loss of residential or day placements, admission to hospital and reduced quality of life. In addition, the psychological well being…
Descriptors: Adults, Learning Disabilities, Psychological Patterns, Behavior Modification
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Donley, Mandy; Chan, Jeffrey; Webber, Lynne – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2012
Disability support workers are the predominant workforce employed to support people with an intellectual disability in Australia. Many support workers are required to assist people they support to take psychotropic medications in the form of chemical restraint. Support workers in Australia receive limited education and training in this area and as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mental Retardation, Drug Therapy, Educational Needs
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Holman, Andrew – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2012
Athletes with learning disabilities have had a difficult time being included in the Paralympics. They have faced a lot of discrimination, including from other disabled athletes, and just when they were finally included (at the Sydney games in 2000), the Spanish Basketball team cheated by having players on their team who did not have learning…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Foreign Countries, Athletes, Team Sports
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Manning, Corinne – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2010
The following article outlines the methodological approach used to include people with learning disabilities as active participants in an oral history produced in Australia. The history sought to document life inside Kew Cottages, Australia's oldest and largest specialised institution for people with learning disabilities. This work furthers…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Developmental Disabilities, Oral History, Ethics
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Monk, Lee-Ann – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2010
This article examines the exploitation of patient labour at Kew Cottages, Australia's first purpose-built state institution for people with learning disabilities. Analysing historical evidence for the period 1887-1950 shows that unpaid patient labour contributed significantly to the economy of the Cottages and so to the government department of…
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Learning Disabilities, Patients, Foreign Countries
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Mcconnell, David; Dalziel, Allison; Llewellyn, Gwynnyth; Laidlaw, Kathryn; Hindmarsh, Gabrielle – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2009
Mothers with learning difficulties are often isolated within their local communities. They also report low levels of social support. Social disconnection is associated with high levels of stress and poorer mental health, and in turn, adverse parenting and child outcomes. In the study reported here, a multi-site, intervention group only, repeated…
Descriptors: Stress Variables, Research Design, Learning Problems, Mothers
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Sullivan, Sheena G.; Hussain, Rafat – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2008
In Australia, general health and medical services are subsidised by the government. This includes care for people with disabilities, screening and diagnostic services for common diseases, including cancer, and care and treatment for various medical conditions. In Western Australia, the majority of state-provided health services are well documented…
Descriptors: Medical Services, Hospitals, Learning Disabilities, Health Conditions