Social Participation

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AN EXPLORATION OF COMMUNITY PRESENCE FOR OLDER PEOPLE WITH AN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY McCausland, D., Burke, E., McGlinchey, E. Carroll, R., Swinburne, J., McCallion P., and McCarron, M. Age & Engagement in Social Activities

Background Increased participation in ‘the community’ has long been accepted as a route for providing people with intellectual disabilities (PWID) with a better life but there have been concerns that many PWID placed in the community still live isolated lives. More recently, emerging evidence internationally identified that people with ID were often being physically integrated within their communities and wider society without becoming fully included members of those communities (Chowdurry & Benson, 2011; Kozma, et al., 2009; Verdonschot et al., 2009;).

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• Age was independently associated with social participation in relation to the

level of engagement participants had with a range of social activities: • Visiting family and friends in their home (p

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